Car going the wrong way collided with a truck in Idaho: 6 dead and 10 injured – La Opinion

Car going the wrong way collided with a truck in Idaho: 6 dead and 10 injured – La Opinion

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Six people were killed and 10 others were injured after a car veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into a van full of people in Idaho Falls, Idaho.Saturday morning.

Among those declared dead at the scene were the driver of the pickup truck and five of his passengers, Idaho State Police said in a statement, noting that the driver of the other vehicle was hospitalized with unspecified injuries.

The other nine hospitalized, whose conditions are unknown, were passengers in the Chevrolet pickup truck, which was crashed at 5:29 a.m. on U.S. Highway 20, state police said.

The truck hit by the wrong-way driver is a Chevrolet Express, which can be equipped to transport up to 15 passengers. It was apparently at or near maximum capacity at the time of the accident.

The other car, a Ram model, was heading east near Interstate 15 when it turned left and collided with the westbound pickup truck. The reason the pickup truck headed into oncoming traffic was unclear.

At the time of the accident, the weather in Idaho Falls included a temperature of 34 degrees, clear skies and almost no wind, according to data from the National Weather Service.

The stretch of Highway 20 at the crash site, the longest highway in the United States, averages two deaths each year, according to the Idaho Department of Transportation.

The road was closed for five hours on Interstate 15 as crews cleared debris and police combed the scene, NBC News affiliate KTVB in Boise reported.

Idaho Falls police and the city’s fire department initially responded to the collision, according to the police department, but Idaho State Police will investigate the cause of the collision.

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