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Posted on: January 22, 2019

Press Release - Fatality Collision at Carey Lake

Carey Lake Fatality

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at approximately 12:38 a.m., deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office and a trooper from the Idaho State Police responded to a two vehicle head-on fatality collision at Carey Lake on Hwy 26 near milepost 207.

The driver of one of the vehicles was deceased prior to law enforcement arrival. The Idaho State Police is conducting an investigation. For further information please see the Idaho State Police press release below. 


District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000 

Fax (208) 324-7897  Please direct questions to the District Office

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at approximately 12:38 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatality crash on U.S. Highway 20-26-93 at milepost 206.8, near Carey, Idaho. 

James L. Brannen, 51, of Shelley, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe westbound on U.S. Highway 20-26-93. Brannen crossed the center line and struck an empty cattle truck head-on. The cattle truck came to rest on the right shoulder. The Tahoe spun around in the lane of travel coming to a stop blocking the westbound lanes. 

The cattle truck was being driven by William Featherston, 64, of Sun River, Montana. Featherston was wearing a seatbelt and not transported. 

Brannen succumbed to his injuries on scene. It is undetermined at this time if he was wearing a seatbelt. Next of kin has been notified. 

The westbound lanes were blocked for approximately 4 hours. The eastbound lanes are currently blocked while the cattle truck is being recovered. 

This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police. 

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Posted January 22, 2019 10:30 a.m.

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