Idaho State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 26 in Bonneville County on Tuesday, Dec, 29th, 2015. The crash occurred around 6:45 p.m. near milepost 361, east of Ririe. The driver from Idaho Falls was driving westbound and the driver form Driggs was driving eastbound when a vehicle crossed the centerline, corrected his vehicle back, and then collided head-on with the other vehicle.
Multiple emergency workers responded to the scene, where they had to use the Jaws of Life to get them out of their vehicle. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and were transferred to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls by ground ambulance. The extent of the injuries for both drivers is unknown. The lanes of Highway 26 were blocked for 2 hours while crews cleared the scene. The crash is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police.
This collision was just one of many crashed in the last few weeks due to the slick road conditions and winter weather. It is important to remember that on icy roads, winter storms and with it getting darker earlier it is much easier to lose control of your vehicle. When driving in the winter it is important to driver slower so that it is easier to regain control if you lose it. Also remember to increase the distance between vehicles so you have more stopping time. With the day getting darker earlier remember to make sure that you have headlights that work, are clean and properly aimed. If you are following another vehicle or there is on coming traffic make sure to turn off your high beams and switch to your low beams. The most important tip regardless of time of day or time of year is to make sure that you aren’t distracted and are paying attention.