New Zealand couple killed in head-on crash in Idaho

State Highway 34 in Idaho.
State Highway 34 in Idaho. Photo credit: Google Maps

A Kiwi couple have died after crashing head-on with a truck and trailer in north-western United States.

Richard and Cheryl Lee, both 63, died at the scene of the crash on State Highway 63 in Idaho, near the Idaho-Wyoming border, The Idaho State Journal reports.

According to authorities, the couple's van had cross the centreline and collided with the truck before both vehicles came to a rest on the shoulder of the highway.

The truck's driver, 62-year-old Michael Garvin from Idaho Falls, was uninjured.

The crash occurred at 6:48am on Friday (local time), and the highway remained shut for almost five hours afterwards while the wreckage was cleared.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade told RNZ it was "providing consular assistance to the family of a New Zealand couple killed in a traffic accident in the United States".


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