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Another deadly day hits Southeast Idaho’s roads

August 10, 2018

Emergency units responded to one fatal wreck, one near-fatal wreck and one crash that backed up traffic for miles during a less than five-hour span on Thursday in Southeast Idaho.

The fatal crash occurred around 7:45 a.m. Thursday on Highway 39 near the American Falls Dam. The Power County Sheriff’s Office reported that the accident involved a 10-wheeler truck that overturned, resulting in one occupant — a woman — dying at the scene. The truck’s other occupant, a man, was transported via ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello but authorities have not yet provided an update on his condition.

The Power County Sheriff’s Office has not released the victims’ names or provided additional details on how the crash occurred. The wreck remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office and state police.

Highway 39 was partially blocked for several hours because of the accident.

Around noon Thursday, a crash occurred that could have easily been a fatal but wasn’t.

Cody Olsen, 24, of Salt Lake City, was driving a Ford Focus north on Interstate 15 in Pocatello when he side-swiped a northbound 2018 Peterbilt semi driven by Michael Martin, 60, of Campbell, Missouri, state police said. The impact caused Olsen, the car’s only occupant, to drive off the left shoulder of the freeway and enter the median before careening off an embankment and landing on East Terry Street below an Interstate 15 overpass bridge.

Olsen’s car landed upside down on East Terry and caught fire and he had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters. He was clearly in pain when he was loaded onto an ambulance for transport to PMC. Hospital officials said Olsen was in stable condition on Thursday evening.

Fortunately Olsen’s car did not hit any other vehicles when it landed on a busy East Terry Street near Franklin Middle School after careening off the interstate.

East Terry was shut down for over an hour because of the crash. Martin was not injured during the wreck.

Interstate 15 was the location of another crash earlier on Thursday that could have resulted in injuries but didn’t.

A tractor-trailer jackknifed while traveling southbound on the interstate just south of Inkom around 9:50 a.m. No one was injured but the crash backed up traffic for miles on Interstate 15 southbound before the semi was removed from the scene late Thursday afternoon.

Thursday’s wrecks were the latest in what’s been a deadly summer on the region’s roads. This week already saw a man die in a Monday crash on Interstate 15 near Malad and two juveniles die in a Tuesday wreck on Highway 20 near St. Anthony.

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