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Man taken to hospital following crash near Downey


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The following is a news release from Idaho State Police.

On Friday, at approximately 1:17 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle injury crash on northbound US 91 at milepost 32, just south of Downey.

Jeremiah J. Hancock, 37, of Lava Hot Springs, and his passenger, Erich C. Johnson, 33, of Lava Hot Springs, were traveling southbound on US 91 in a 2007 GMC Sierra hauling a gooseneck trailer. Newell R. Jenkins, 77, of Bancroft, was also traveling southbound on US 91 in a Freightliner semi-truck pulling a trailer.

Jenkins attempted to make a U-turn to travel northbound when Hancock’s vehicle struck the front of the semi-truck. The GMC Sierra went off the left shoulder and overturned.

Hancock and his passenger, Johnson, were not wearing seat belts. Johnson was transported to Portneuf Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance.

Jenkins was wearing a seat belt.

The northbound lane was blocked for approximately one and a half hours.