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Update: One dead, three hurt in Idaho 16 crash that sparks grass fire

This Honda reportedly crossed the center line on Idaho 16 south of Emmett and collided with a Jeep. One person died in the Friday evening crash.
This Honda reportedly crossed the center line on Idaho 16 south of Emmett and collided with a Jeep. One person died in the Friday evening crash.

Idaho State Police say a Honda was headed north on Idaho 16 near milepost 104 Friday evening when it crossed into the southbound lanes and hit an oncoming Jeep, killing one person and injuring three.

The highway was closed for hours between Chaparral and Beacon Light roads while officers investigated the crash. Firefighters from Star and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management extinguished a grassfire sparked by the crash, which happened before 6 p.m. ISP reports the Jeep caught on fire and started the fire, which was quickly contained.

Jose Flores-Martinez, 52, of Emmett, crossed the center line driving northbound in his 1990 Honda Accord on Idaho 16 and crashed into a 2014 Jeep Wrangler drive southbound by Thomas Weber III, 47, of Eagle, ISP said. The collision occurred around 5:45 p.m. Friday near milepost 104. Weber’s Jeep caught fire, starting a brush fire, according to the release.

Officials said both drivers were taken to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, as were Weber’s passengers, Thomas Weber Jr., 70, and two juveniles. Flores-Martinez’s passenger, Goyo Ayllon, 34, of Emmett, died at the scene of the crash due to injuries.

Police said it’s unknown if Ayllon was wearing a seatbelt, though all other individuals involved in the crash were wearing theirs.

ISP is still investigating the crash. 

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