PARMA, Idaho -- Three young women died when a car and pickup collided Thursday night near Parma. It happened just before 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 20/26 and Highway 95, also known as Anderson Corner.
Sixteen-year-old Sloane Weldon, from Weiser and her passengers Rebeka Cole, 16, and Elisabeth Cole, 17, were pronounced dead at the scene. Another 16-year-old passenger, Benson Richardson, was airlifted to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise and is in critical condition.
Idaho State Police say Weldon failed to stop at a stop sign and was t-boned on the driver's side by a pickup driven by 29-year-old Richard Jordan from Parma. Police say Jordan was hauling a horse trailer and unable to stop once he saw Weldon in the intersection. Jordan also had three passengers that were taken to a local hospital as a precaution, but have been released.
We are told by Hope Jordan, Richard Jordan's wife who was in the pickup, that their two children are OK. Their 4-year-old son suffered some minor scrapes and bruises. She also said there were four horses in the trailer and they were not injured in the crash.
Weldon and Rebekah Cole were wearing their seatbelts while Richardson and Elisabeth Cole were not. An investigation into why Weldon ran the stop sign is continuing.