A car accident in McCammon killed a woman on Monday night. According to the Bannock County Sheriff’s office, the McCammon woman died after her car flew off a rural road and went down a deep canyon, where it then exploded into flames which caused a wildfire. The size of the fire was about 5.5 acres, and one house was threatened. Firefighters managed to quell the flames before the home was damaged. A resident of McCammon saw the flames and reported the wildfire. Investigators are still investigating how the car ended up at the bottom of the canyon, and it is unclear whether anyone was inside the car when it was discovered by emergency personnel.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers on rural roads die at a rate 2.5 times higher per mile traveled than on urban highways. Urban drivers travel twice as many miles but have nearly half the fatal accidents. Visibility can be limited on rural highways, and there may be more obstacles if you do encounter trouble. Canyons and steep dips off the side of the highway pose dangers to rural drivers. Highway safety officials explain the higher rate of fatalities on rural roads as a result of several possible factors. One, people on rural roads tend to driver faster and they have higher rates of no-seatbelt use. Also, when an accident occurs on a rural road, timely emergency medical care may not be available as soon as urban roads where there are more people driving past to witness the accident. In the case of this McCammon accident, people in the area became aware of the accident only after noticing the wildfire that resulted from the car accident . As an added precaution, when traveling on a rural road make sure you are following posted speed limit signs, and be aware of canyons and steep drop offs along your route, so you can exercise extra caution in those areas.
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