ADA COUNTY, Idaho — UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): The Ada County Sheriff's Office says Idaho 16 is back open to traffic at the Ada and Gem county line. The investigation and clean up of the fatal crash have been finished.
Idaho 16 is now reopened to traffic at the Ada/Gem counties line. The investigation and clean up of a fatal crash earlier this morning is completed.— Ada County Sheriff (@AdaCoSheriff) November 11, 2020
UPDATE (8:15 a.m.): The Sheriff's Office says a deputy was taken to a local medical facility after a driver struck his patrol car. That impact caused the patrol car to hit the deputy who is now recovering.
The impact of that crash caused the patrol car to hit our deputy, who was standing nearby. He was transported to a local medical facility for treatment. Initial info is that it appears he avoided serious injury.— Ada County Sheriff (@AdaCoSheriff) November 11, 2020
ORIGINAL: Two drivers are dead after a head-on collision on Highway 16 near the Ada and Gem County line.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened around 4 a.m. Wednesday. An initial investigation shows a pickup truck crossed over into the southbound lane and collided with another pickup.
Idaho 16 remains closed in both directions near the Ada/Gem county line as deputies investigate a fatal head-on traffic crash that occurred just after 4 am.— Ada County Sheriff (@AdaCoSheriff) November 11, 2020
Deputies say both drivers died at the scene. There were no passengers in either truck.
Initial information is that a pickup truck going north on 16 crossed over into the southbound lane and collided head-on with a pickup going the other way. The impact caused severe damage to both trucks and to catch on fire.— Ada County Sheriff (@AdaCoSheriff) November 11, 2020
Drivers are being asked to avoid the area as the investigation and cleanup continues. Highway 16 is closed in both directions at Chaparral Road in Ada County.
Deputies say a driver heading north hit a patrol car as a deputy worked traffic control during the investigation. Deputies are reminding everyone to remain patient and stay alert.