Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Update 3 Semi Crash Blocks I-15 near Blackfoot

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

For Immediate Release: 06/24/15 5:36 AM
Please direct questions to the District Office

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The next of kin notification has been made. The pedestrian is Jedidiah Mannes, 26, of Idaho Falls, ID.


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*** Update 2 ***

On June 24, 2015, at approximately 5:00 A.M., Idaho State Police investigated a pedestrian versus vehicle fatal crash on I15, at milepost 89, near Blackfoot, ID.

A pedestrian, whose name is being withheld until next of kin notification has been made, was walking in the right lane of northbound I15. Edward Kinney Jr., 59, of Pocatello, ID, was driving northbound in a 2015 Kenworth hauling two fuel tankers. Kinney swerved to the left to try and avoid hitting the pedestrian, but was not successful. The vehicle drove along the left shoulder where the rear trailer flipped and caught on fire. Kinney drove the semi back across both lanes of travel onto the right shoulder where he disconnected the Kenworth from the burning trailers. Kinney parked the vehicle on the right shoulder once he reached a safe distance.

The pedestrian succumbed to their injuries at the scene of the crash.

The northbound lanes of I15 have been blocked for approximately 5 hours. The lanes will continue to be blocked as the crash is being investigated.

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*** Update ***

At this time the southbound lanes of travel are open. Motorists are still advised to use caution.

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At this time, the Idaho State Police is responding to a crash northbound on I15 at milepost 89, the south Blackfoot exit. The crash is blocking both lanes of I15, and traffic is being diverted off the interstate at exit 89. Southbound traffic will be blocked as well due to a fire resulting from the crash. More information will be relayed as it becomes available.