UPDATE: Local man dies at hospital after crash on Yellowstone Highway
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A man involved in a crash on South Yellowstone Highway/U.S. Highway 91 on Tuesday morning has died.
Idaho State Police say Robert LaDeaux, 45, of Shelley, was driving northbound on Yellowstone Highway in a 2000 Ford Focus at around 11:30 a.m. Ryan Shields, 45, of Ammon, was driving southbound on Yellowstone Highway in a 2006 Chevrolet Impala.
The Ford Focus hit a patch of ice, crossed the center line and entered the southbound lanes of travel and was struck on the driver’s side by the Chevrolet Impala.
LaDeaux was wearing a seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, according to an Idaho State Police news release.
Shields was wearing a seatbelt. Shields was transported by ambulance to EIRMC. His condition is unknown.
IDAHO FALLS — Two drivers were hospitalized Tuesday after a serious crash on South Yellowstone Highway/U.S. Highway 91 near Idaho Falls.
The crash occurred around 11:30 a.m., south of the Pedersen St., Yellowstone Highway intersection.
Idaho State Police say a man, who has not been identified, was driving northbound in a 2000 Ford Focus when it hit a patch of ice and slid into the oncoming lane of traffic. It was struck by a 2006 Chevrolet Impala traveling southbound.
Both drivers were taken by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Their condition is unknown.
Traffic is being diverted around the crash. The Idaho Falls Police Department is asking drivers to avoid the area. Slick roads are creating unsafe conditions for both motorists and emergency services personnel as they respond to this accident.