Ada County Sheriff's Office investigating fatal crash near Ada/Gem County line

Posted at 8:01 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 15:27:05-05

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.

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.

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.

Deputies say both drivers died at the scene. There were no passengers in either truck.

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.