RIGGINS, Idaho -- A child died Monday when the car he was a passenger in smashed into a semi truck on US95.
Idaho State Police say the wreck happened at milepost 184 between Riggins and New Meadows just before 11 a.m.
The driver of a 1987 Camry lost control as he went around a curve on the northbound highway. He crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed head on into a southbound semi driven by 49-year-old Bruce Long of Pollock. Long's semi was pulling an empty logging trailer.
The Camry's driver was wearing a seatbelt when the collision happened. His passengers, a boy and a girl, were not. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
The car's driver was airlifted to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, and the girl was was taken to St. Luke's McCall Medical Center in McCall by ambulance. Both are critically injured, police say.
Long was wearing his seatbelt, and was unhurt.
None of the Camry's occupants have been identified. Police say they will release the names once the next-of-kin have been notified.
The highway was completely blocked for hours as troopers investigated. The road was reopened around 3:30 p.m.
The crash is still under investigation.