One dead, three injured after collision involving three cars east of Caldwell

newsroom@idahostatesman.comJune 29, 2014 

An 81-year-old driver died from injuries he suffered in a crash on Idaho 20/26 on Sunday, according to the Canyon County Sheriff's Office.

Three others were injured in the crash, which involved three vehicles. The names of the victims and their conditions have not been released.

The crash occurred just before 3 p.m. at Highway 20/26 and Midland Boulevard.

Sheriff's investigators say the 81-year-old driver, a Middleton man at the wheel of a red Ford Escape, was traveling north on Midland Boulevard. He was proceeding from a stop sign and failed to yield the right of way when he pulled onto Highway 20/26, the sheriff's office says.

The Ford Escape collided with a red Toyota Tundra pickup that was traveling east on Highway 20/26. The impact of the collision sent the Toyota into oncoming traffic, causing it to strike a westbound Chevy minivan head-on.

Four people were transported to area hospitals. Investigators were notified sometime later that the 81-year-old driver had died. The female passenger in his vehicle also suffered life-threatening injuries, the sheriff's office says.

Investigators do not believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash. They encourage drivers to wear seatbelts and take extra care when pulling onto the highway from a stop sign.

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