More Tragedy on Idaho Highways


The long stretch of holiday driving, as hundreds of thousands of Idahoans are expected to get behind the wheel of a car between Dec. 23-Jan. 2, has been particularly deadly this season.

Fatalities were reported in the Treasure Valley and Eastern Idaho on Christmas Day, and, on Dec 26, two people died when their car collided with a snowplow on U.S. Highway 30 in the Twin Falls County community of Hansen. 

The driver and front-seat passenger in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not yet been released. A backseat passenger was airlifted to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. The driver of the Idaho Transportation Department snowplow was uninjured. Idaho State Police indicated that the occupants in both vehicles were wearing seat belts.

The two vehicles also collided with a utility pole, knocking out power to nearly 600 customers in the communities of Hansen, Murtaugh and Kimberly.

In Idaho's Panhandle, a Priest River woman was killed Dec. 26 on U.S. Highway 95 in the Bonner County community of Sagle. Idaho State Police said the woman's car collided with a pickup carrying three people. 

The victim, 64-year-old Patricia McCoy, was pronounced dead at the scene. The three occupants of the pickup were taken to a local hospital. ISP said both drivers were wearing seat belts.