POLICE: HEAD-ON CRASH CAUSED BY WRONG-WAY DRIVER LEAVES 2 DEAD, 2 INJURED ON EAST IDAHO INTERSTATE
On Monday, February 18, 2019, at approximately 8:56 P.M., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatality crash on westbound Interstate 84 at milepost 199.6, west of Burley, ID.
Jennifer Thompson, 39, of Hagerman, ID, was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of travel on Interstate 84 in a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup. Ryan Cordie, 21, of Aitkin, MN, was driving westbound on Interstate 84 in a 2008 Chevy Silverado Crew pickup.
Thompson struck Cordie head-on. Thompson succumbed to her injuries on scene. Cordie’s passenger Monica Buchite, 21, of Baxter, MN, succumbed to her injuries on scene. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts.
Ryan and his passenger Karrie Cordie, 44, of McGrath, MN, were transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center by air ambulance.
The westbound lanes were blocked for approximately four hours.
Idaho State Police were assisted by the Gooding County Sheriff’s Office, the Idaho Transportation Department, and the Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office.