ADA COUNTY, Idaho — UPDATE (August 26--10:36 a.m.): 51-year-old Jerry Neher of Nampa was traveling south on Highway 21 in a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer when he crossed the center line and hit a 2012 Toyota Rav head-on. Inside the Rav was 67-year-old Peter Tanorikiho and 60-year-old Lelelewa Tanorikiho of Boise.
Both passengers in the Rav died at the scene, next of kin has been notified. Neher's vehicle caught on fire and he was transported by ground ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Boise, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Both directions of highway 21 were closed for around three hours.
ORIGINAL STORY: Officials say two people died in a crash that prompted the closure of Highway 21 Sunday afternoon. The road was reopened to traffic at 6:30 p.m.
The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. near the Hilltop Station about five miles north of Boise.
Idaho 21 is now open both directions near Hilltop. Motorists should expect delays while the traffic backup clears up, so please avoid the area if possible.— Ada County Sheriff (@AdaCoSheriff) August 26, 2019
Authorities quickly closed both the north and southbound lanes of Highway 21, directing northbound drivers to turn around at the diversion dam.
Crews with Ada County, Boise Police, ISP and Boise County all responded to the crash.
Officials on scene tell 6 On Your Side a Chevy Trailblazer with one occupant heading south collided head-on with a Toyota Rav4 with two occupants heading north.
ISP confirms one of the vehicles involved caught fire.
The man and woman in the Rav4 were pronounced dead at the scene. The man driving the Trailblazer was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.