By Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A Pocatello man has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in a 2015 crash that killed a 7-year-old girl.

The Post Register reports ( ) that court records say the 61-year-old semi-trailer driver was travelling on Interstate 15 in November 2015 when his tire blew out, causing him to lose control of the truck and hit a minivan head-on. The crash killed 7-year-old Madelyn Holbrook of Blackfoot, who was sitting in the minivan passenger seat. Her family had been travelling back to Blackfoot after shopping in Pocatello.

According to court records, the tread on several of the semi’s trailers, including the one that burst, was below inspection limits.

Bingham County Prosecutor Cleve Colson says the semi-truck’s driver is responsible for inspecting the vehicle, not the company.


Information from: Post Register,

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