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Adult and juvenile killed, 3 hospitalized following Blackfoot crash


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BLACKFOOT — Two people were killed and three were rushed to the hospital following a crash Tuesday afternoon involving a minivan and semi-truck hauling an empty cattle trailer.

It happened around 4:15 p.m. at the intersection of Merkley Lane and Rich Lane in Blackfoot.

Joseph Crippen, 21, of Blackfoot, was driving southbound on Merkley Lane in a 2015 Dodge Caravan with four passengers, according to Idaho State Police. Jared King, 39, of Wales, Utah, was driving the semi westbound on Rich Lane.

Investigators say Crippen did not yield at the intersection and was struck by King. Crippen’s vehicle then hit a power pole and came to rest in an irrigation canal on the south side of Rich Lane. King’s semi-truck and trailer jackknifed, blocking Rich Lane.

All five occupants of Crippen’s vehicle were extricated. He was flown to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries, police say.

Crippen’s passengers, Harley Childers, 26, of Blackfoot, and two juveniles were transported by ground ambulance to Bingham Memorial Hospital. One child succumbed to their injuries and the other was flown by air ambulance from Bingham Memorial Hospital to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Another passenger, Madison Degiulio, 18, was transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center.

King did not need to be taken to the hospital.

ISP says family members have been notified.

Rich Lane was blocked for approximately seven hours. Blackfoot Fire Department and EMS, Fort Hall EMS, Blackfoot Police Department and the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office assisted ISP in their investigation.