UPDATE: Crews respond to head-on crash in Bonneville County
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The following is a news release from Idaho State Police regarding the accident:
On Tuesday, Dec. 29, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 26 (Swan Valley Highway) near milepost 361, about 10 miles east of Ririe.
Joshua Ceci, age 38, of Idaho Falls, was driving westbound in a 1996 Subaru Legacy wagon. Michael Murphy, age 50, of Driggs, was driving eastbound in a 1994 GMC Sierra pickup. Ceci crossed the center line, nearly off the south side of the road. He then corrected his vehicle back to the right and collided head-on with Murphy’s vehicle in the eastbound lane.
Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and both were transported by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
The lanes of U.S. 26 were blocked for about 2 hours while crews worked to clear the scene. The crash remains under investigation by Idaho State Police. The Idaho State Police was assisted by Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies, Ririe Quick Response Unit, Idaho Falls Ambulance, and Idaho Transportation Department.
SWAN VALLEY — Emergency crews are currently on the scene of serious crash on Highway 26 between Swan Valley and Ririe.
Witnesses tell EastIdahoNews.com the head-on crash involving a truck and Subaru happened around 7:30 p.m. Multiple emergency workers responded and they had to use the jaws of life to get the driver of the Subaru out of the vehicle, according to witnesses.
The Subaru driver was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. It’s unclear if anyone else was injured in the accident.
Idaho State Police is investigating the crash. Drivers are asked to avoid Highway 26 until the wreck is cleared.
EastIdahoNews.com will post more details as we receive them.