Idaho's highways, always a challenge over a long holiday, have already become deadly this Independence Day weekend.
Early this morning, Idaho State Police reported that a single-car crash on State Highway 78 near Marsing claimed the life of a Boise man, 64-year-old Kenneth Slack. Police said Slack was traveling eastbound when he lost control of his Ford Expedition and overturned his vehicle on the right shoulder of the road. He was wearing his seatbelt.
Meanwhile, rescuers will once again spend the day today trying to retrieve the bodies of a Boise woman and a 2-year-old toddler from the fast moving waters of the Lochsa River, two days after their vehicle, driven by the child's father, crashed into the river after going off of U.S. 12 near Lowell. The male driver, 29-year-old Boone Hallmark was treated and released from a Grangeville hospital. Officials said the other two presumed victims were identified as 22-year-old Talia Rushing and 2-year-old Layton Halmark. All were from Boise.
UPDATE: Water levels in the river had kept rescuers from recovering the bodies of Rushing and Layton Hallmark, but crews were eventually able to reach the bodies on Tuesday, July 8.
But it cannot go unnoticed that there was also very good news to report from the roads near Heyburn in the Magic Valley. That's where Shawna Uriguen of Burley, who was on her way to a doctor's appointment July 1, went into labor and ultimately gave birth to a 6-pound, 7-ounce girl in her vehicle. Newly born Kimber Marie Crown, along with mom, are doing just fine.