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Woman, horse die in head-on collision with gravel truck in eastern Idaho

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An Idaho State Police news release says 65-year-old Shirley Williams was driving in a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer on Wednesday when a man driving an empty gravel truck veered into oncoming traffic hitting Williams' truck head-on. (Photo courtesy KIDK)

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KBOI) - An Idaho Falls woman has died and one man has been arrested following an accident Wednesday evening south of Idaho Falls along Interstate 15, KIDK in Idaho Falls reports.

The accident happened around 4:55 p.m. south of exit 113 near the Church Road overpass.

Idaho State Police says, "Dirk Johnson, 59, of Idaho Falls, was traveling northbound in an empty gravel truck in the construction zone when traffic began to slow. Johnson was unable to slow down and veered into oncoming traffic. Shirley Williams, 65, of Idaho Falls, was traveling southbound in a Dodge 2500 pickup truck pulling a horse trailer. Mark Weidner, 44, of Pocatello, was traveling behind Johnson in a Nissan Maxima. Johnson struck Williams' pickup truck head-on, struck the horse trailer, then struck Weidner's vehicle.

Williams was transported by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries. The horse in Williams' horse trailer died from injuries at the scene of the crash. Johnson and Weidner were not injured. All drivers were wearing seat belts.

Next of kin have been notified.