UPDATED: Driver identified following head-on collision on US-93 near Rogerson
The collision sparked a wildfire that burned 80-100 acres
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - On Monday, the Twin Falls County Coroner announced the identify of a Nevada driver who died in a head-on collision with a semi-truck driver Wednesday night on U.S. Highway 93 near Rogerson.
Coroner Gene Turley said the driver was positively identified as 35-year-old Eric Egene Sullivan, of Wendover, Nevada. Positive identification was made with the help of Dr. Mark Lambert, a board certified forensic ondontologist, through dental records. The family has been notified.
On Thursday, Idaho State Police said a person (Sullivan) in a passenger car was driving southbound on U.S. Highway 93 and passed a southbound semi-truck at about 8:30 p.m., according to a news release.
The passenger car struck the front of a northbound semi-truck. The collision caused a fire which fully engulfed both vehicles and sparked a wildfire, which burned between 80 and 100 acres.
Lanes were blocked for five hours as emergency crews cleared the roads and extinguished the fire.
The semi-truck driver Salvador Ramirez-Ruiz, age 53, of Jerome, was uninjured, but his truck is a total loss.
The investigation into the identity of the driver was handed over to the Twin Falls County Coroner’s Office.
ISP is investigating the crash.
Bureau of Land Management, Salmon Tract Fire, Jackpot Fire and the Twin Falls Sheriff’s Office assisted ISP.
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