Two Killed and Three Sent to Hospital in Terrible Blackfoot Crash
The crash took place Tuesday afternoon.
BLACKFOOT, ID - Two people lost their lives, and three were sent to the hospital following a terrible crash involving a semi-truck, and a minivan.
The crash was first reported around 4:15 PM Tuesday at an intersection in Blackfoot.
According to Idaho State Police, Jared King, age 39, of Wales, Utah, was driving Westbound on Rich Lane, while Joseph Crippen, 21, of Blackfoot, was driving southbound on Merkley Lane in a 2015 Dodge Caravan, along with four passengers.
Investigators say Crippen failed to yield to the King at the intersection and was struck by the semi. Crippen's vehicle was pushed into a power pole before coming to rest in a ditch on the side of the road. King's semi-trailer came to a stop, blocking traffic to Rich Lane.
All five occupants of Crippen's vehicle were extricated. Crippen was transported by air ambulance to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Crippen's passengers, Harley Childers, 26, of Blackfoot, and two juveniles were transported by ground ambulance to Bingham Memorial Hospital. One juvenile succumbed to their injuries and the other was transported by air ambulance from Bingham Memorial Hospital to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Madison Degiulio, 18, was transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center. The next of kin has been notified.
Rich Lane was blocked for approximately seven hours. Idaho State Police was assisted in their investigation by Blackfoot Fire Department and EMS, Fort Hall EMS, Blackfoot Police Department, and Bingham County Sheriff's Office.