Friday, July 22, 2005

Two drivers killed in head-on collision

Passengers being treated for injuries

Express Staff Writer

A head-on collision on U.S. Highway 93 a few miles east of Carey killed both drivers early Wednesday morning. Passengers in one of the vehicles are being treated for injuries.

The point of impact for the two-car collision near milepost 213 at approximately 1:40 a.m. was in the southbound lane, said Deputy Sheriff Gene Ramsey, who responded to the scene of the accident.

The deceased drivers are Francis E. Gereau, 28, of Carey, who was carrying the two passengers, and Michael L. Mora, Jr., 41, of Idaho Falls, who was traveling alone.

Gereau was northbound in a 1995 Ford pickup. Mora was southbound in a 1996 Mitsubishi. Police and the Idaho Transportation Department maintained one lane of traffic through the crash scene for several hours until the scene investigation was completed and a street sweeper was brought in to clear the highway, Ramsey said.

"It was a high-speed collision ... both vehicles were destroyed. The engine and the transfer case came clear out of (the Mitsubishi)."

Ramsey said the crash was definitely a one-lane accident, but that the cause is still under investigation.

The passengers, Eric Henson, 29, and John Rush, 28, are still hospitalized. Rush is in stable condition at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center where he was taken by ambulance. Henson is in critical condition at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise where he was taken by helicopter.

Gereau, a masonry worker for Baybutt Construction, was found dead at the scene. He had four children.

Mora died in an ambulance, Ramsey said.

Memorial services for Gereau will be held 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the LDS Church in Carey with Bishop Vernon Jolley officiating. Funeral arrangements are being made under the care of Wood River Chapel in Hailey.

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