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Idaho Falls man dead as car plunges into Snake River

First responders were dispatched at approximately 1:30 p.m. as an SUV broke through a guardrail south of Hoback Junction on U.S. 89/26 and plunged into the Snake River Friday afternoon. There were two occupants in the car. The driver, identified as Veldon Max Hix, 78, of Idaho Falls was pronounced dead at the scene.

Arlene Hix, 76, was transported for medical care to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson.

The accident took place near mile post 140.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

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