Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Crash On Interstate 15 Claims Two Lives

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Idaho State Police
Region 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2011 at 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Trooper Aikele

On September 20, 2011 at approximately 3:05 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle crash on Interstate 15 at milepost 83, between Ft. Hall and Blackfoot, ID.

Micah Story, 17, of Chubbuck, ID was traveling north on Interstate 15 at milepost 83 in a 2002 Ford Mustang. Jacob Colbo, 18, of Blackfoot, ID was a passenger in Story's vehicle. For unknown reasons, Story left the roadway from the left shoulder and drove through the median. As Story's vehicle was re-entering the roadway into the southbound traffic lanes, it overturned and was struck by a semi truck. The semi truck was being operated by George Hernandez, 57, of Heyburn, ID.

Story and Colbo were pronounced dead at the crash scene. Colbo was wearing a seatbelt. It is unknown whether or not Story was wearing a seatbelt. Hernandez was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.

Northbound lanes of travel were blocked for approximately two hours. Southbound lanes of travel were blocked for approximately four hours.

Speed is not believed to be a factor in this crash. The crash investigation is continuing.