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2 killed, 2 flown to hospital after wrong-way driver causes crash near Burley


The following is a news release from Idaho State Police.

On Monday, Feb. 18, at approximately 8:56 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle, fatality crash on westbound I-84 at milepost 199.6, west of Burley.

Jennifer Thompson, 39, of Hagerman, was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of travel on I-84 in a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup. Ryan Cordie, 21, of Aitkin, Minnesota, was driving westbound on I-84 in a 2008 Chevy Silverado Crew pickup.

Thompson struck Cordie head-on. Thompson succumbed to her injuries on the scene. Cordie’s passenger Monica Buchite, 21, of Baxter, Minnesota, succumbed to her injuries on scene. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

Ryan and his passenger, Karrie Cordie, 44, of McGrath, Minnesota, were transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center by air ambulance.

The westbound lanes were blocked for approximately four hours.

Idaho State Police was assisted by the Gooding County Sheriff’s Office, the Idaho Transportation Department, and the Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office.

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