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18-year-old killed in US-89 crash near Paris


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IDAHO FALLS — Idaho State Police are investigating a three-vehicle, fatality crash in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 89.

The crash occurred at 8 a.m. Thursday at milepost 14, one mile south of Paris.

Police reports show Preston Schei, 20, of Montpelier, was traveling southbound on US-89 at milepost 14 in a 1996 Dodge Ram. Eldon Bird, 63, of Montpelier, was also southbound in a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado. Traeden McPherson, 18, of Paris, was northbound on US-89 in a 1998 Honda Accord.

The Dodge went into the northbound lanes to pass the Chevrolet and it collided with the front of the Honda. The Honda came to rest, blocking the roadway. The Dodge came to rest on the driver’s side, down an embankment on the west side of the roadway. The Chevrolet was struck by debris from the collision. The occupants of the Honda and Dodge were not wearing seatbelts.

McPherson was transported by ambulance to Bear Lake Memorial where he succumbed to his injuries.

Schei, as well as a juvenile passenger in the Honda, was transported by ambulance to Bear Lake Memorial Hospital in Montpelier. Schei was later transported to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah by ambulance.

Bird went to Bear Lake Memorial Hospital by personal vehicle. His condition was unknown.

The road was completely blocked for approximately three hours.