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Investigation into Sunday fatality crash at Cottonwood

Alexus Cane of Cottonwood died at the scene



— Idaho State Police is investigating a Sunday evening two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 95 that resulted in the death of a Cottonwood woman.

Alexus Cane, 18, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin has been notified.

The roadway was blocked for five hours Sunday evening, Aug. 12, following the collision reported at approximately 8:10 p.m. at the south entrance to Cottonwood (milepost 254.6).

According to ISP, Cane was travelling north in the southbound lane of travel in a 2000 Kia Sephia, when her vehicle collided head on with a 2017 Dodge Ram 3500 pulling a 30-foot camper trailer. Driver of the Dodge, Carrie Marek, 37, of White Bird, and her unidentified juvenile passenger were transported with non-life-threatening injuries to St Mary’ Hospital in Cottonwood.

“The highway was totally blocked,” said Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran. Law enforcement shut down the section of highway between the south and north Cottonwood entrances, and diverted traffic through town on Business Loop 95. Though the crash site was only about 100 yards, the traffic diversion was to maintain scene integrity for ISP to conduct its investigation. “It seemed to go smoothly. There didn’t seem to be a backlog of cars at any time.”

Multiple agencies responded to the incident including the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department extraction team, St. Mary’s Ambulance, Cottonwood Police Department (CPD) and the Idaho Transportation Department. CPD also provided its community response vehicle to provide a command post and lighting for the scene.

Wrecker services were provided by Long’s Towing and Dale’s Rescue Towing.


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