One Dead in Southern Idaho Car Accident Caused by a Tire Blowout
A fatality crash has been reported by the Idaho State Police on I-84 near Malta.
The accident happened Friday morning at 6:35 on westbound I-84 in Cassia County a few miles from the 84/86 interchange.
A 22-year-old female from Rupert, was traveling westbound on I84 in a 2006 Toyota Tundra. The vehicle blew a tire, went off the right shoulder and rolled.
She was transported by air ambulance to the hospital. Her passenger, a 30-year-old male from Malta, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Both occupants were not wearing their seatbelts.
The accident is being investigated by the Idaho State Police.
What Causes Tire Blowouts on Highways
There are many reasons a tire could blow while driving. Some reasons can be prevented by physical inspections of the tires before driving or by obeying posted speed rules and recommendations for driving situations. A tire blowout can also happen due to unexpected or unavoidable defects in the rubber. The Allstate website states that the main cause of tire blowouts is low air pressure in the tire. Overloaded vehicles, old or worn tires, speeding, and road debris can also lead to unexpected and possibly fatal tire blowouts while driving.
Blown tires are a common issue on roads across the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that more than 75,000 accidents are caused by blown tires each year and more than 400 deaths are the result of these accidents.
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