Tuesday, December 22, 2020

****Update**** Fatal Crash US95 @194, South of Riggins

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District 2 Patrol 2700 North and South Highway Lewiston, ID 83501-1732
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For Immediate Release: 12/22/20 4:52 pm
Please direct questions to the District Office


On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a fatal, two vehicle collision, southbound US95 near milepost 195. This is near Riggins in Idaho County.

Jeffrey Barks, 43, of Saint Clair, Michigan, was traveling northbound on US95 in a Ford pulling a 15 foot trailer. Jonathan Hunter, 33, of Middleton, was traveling southbound on US95 in a semi-truck. The Ford vehicle crossed the left of center and the two vehicles collided.

Barks was transported to St. Lukes McCall Medical Center and was pronounced deceased after arrival. Next of kin has been notified. Hunter was transported to Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. The lanes were blocked for approximately six hours.

This investigation is ongoing.

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On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, Idaho State Police responded to a fatal, two vehicle, head-on collision, southbound US 95 near milepost 195, Idaho County, Idaho.

The Ford, pulling a 15 foot trailer, was traveling northbound on US 95. The semi-truck was traveling southbound on US 95. The Ford crossed left of center, colliding head-on with the semi-truck. Both drivers were transported.

Traffic was backed up for several hours as both lanes were blocked. One lane is currently open for travel. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.