One man was killed and another injured after a fatal crash near Craters of the Moon Park, Idaho on Sunday, April 10th. The crash occurred Sunday night on U.S. Highway 43 and held up traffic for about an hour. According to the Butte County Sherrif’s Office report, two vehicles traveling not he highway collided around 6:43pm. Witnesses reported that one car was on the side of the highway and another car was about 30 years off the highway int he rock outcropping. One man was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical center in Idaho Falls where he was pronounced dead. The other driver received minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seatbelt. According to the report, speed was a factor in the crash.

According to the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, rural highway safety is of primary concern because although only 19 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, about 54 percent of all road fatalities take place on rural roads. That makes the total fatality rate 2.4 times higher on rural roads than urban areas. This is partly due to the lack of local resources to adequately address safety problems on roads. However, driver error and general remoteness also contributes to high rates of accidents and fatalities on rural roads. Included in this article is a link to the National Center for Rural Road Safety and the US Department of Transportation’s Safety Initiatives regarding rural roads. These resources have some interesting perspectives and statistics, as well as countermeasures to reduce driving risk factors. – This link shares helpful information about safety and usage on rural roads provided by the National Center for Rural Road Safety, if you get a chance to browse it. Included are pedestrian Safety, nighttime visibility, road surface conditions, and safety plans among other topics.