Boise man dies after his SUV rolls into the Payette River
The Boise County Sheriff's office is reporting a 52-year old man has died after his SUV rolled into the Payette River.
After Boise County Sheriff Deputies arrived along with Garden Valley Fire it was determined that the vehicle had been traveling south on Hwy 21 and had driven off the right side of the highway. It then came back onto the highway and then rolled at least one and possibly two times. The vehicle then continued to roll off the river side of the highway down a rock embankment about 90 ft into the Payette River. The vehicle then washed down stream about 100 feet when it became lodged on rocks in the middle of the river.
The vehicle was positioned in the middle of the river which required some type of rope line be strung across the river to help secure the safe movement of equipment and rescue personnel in getting to the car. Because of the debris from the wreck and the position of the vehicle the assessment at that time was it was not a survivable accident and there was not enough daylight left to safely get to the car and recover the vehicle before it got dark. Because of the extreme danger to rescue personnel going into the river it was decided that they would return Sunday at 10 a.m. and send recovery people to the vehicle and check the car for anyone inside.
The crash occurred 6 miles north of Lowman on Highway 21. The victim was identified as 52-year old Thomas Anthony. Anthony had recently moved to Idaho to work for the VA Hospital in Boise.
The Statesman reports that no one witnessed the crash, but was discovered only when a passerby noticed the evidence of the crash and submerged vehicle.