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Mexican Consulate to help families of deceased after crash that killed 6 in Idaho Falls; fundraiser started for victim’s families

In this photo provided by KIFI Local News 8, a pickup truck crashed into a passenger van on U.S. Highway 20, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. State police say the accident happened early Saturday morning when a pickup crossed the centerline on U.S. Highway 20 and fatally hit a passenger van. | Jeff Roper, KIFI Local News 8 via Associated Press
IDAHO FALLS — The Mexican Consulate in Boise has announced it will be assisting the families of the deceased after a horrific two-vehicle fatality crash last weekend.
According to a news release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the passengers in the crashed van were all agricultural workers from Mexico who were in the United States on H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker visas.
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Six people died in the van crash, and nine passengers were injured and taken to a local hospital. The release states, as of Tuesday, seven people remain hospitalized in stable condition, and two have been discharged.
According to Bonneville County Coroner Rick Taylor, the deceased victims include Abel Mejía Martínez, 43, Pedro Manuel Alcantar Mejía, 26, Brandon Ponce Gallegos, 24, Jose Guadalupe Sánchez Medina, 20, Luis Enrique Sereno Perez, 32 and Javier Gomez Alcantar, 36.
“The Consulate contacted the company Signet Farms Services, responsible for hiring the workers, as well as lawyers, to provide the corresponding advice and support,” says the release, which was translated from Spanish to English. “The state government authorities have been notified of what happened and will be coordinating any steps that may be required. The consular representation will promptly follow up on the transfer of the deceased to their places of origin in Mexico and on the investigation by the Idaho State Police and labor authorities.”
The release states the Consulate, along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, will assist with a full investigation into the crash and sends their condolences to the families of those deceased and injured.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deeply regrets the death of the six compatriots and conveys its condolences to the affected families, providing them with the necessary consular assistance and protection,” states the release. “Consular assistance and preventive protection actions will be reinforced to safeguard the integrity of people who work in that country under this labor mobility scheme.”

In this photo provided by KIFI Local News 8, a pickup truck crashed into a passenger van on U.S. Highway 20, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. State police say the accident happened Saturday morning when a pickup crossed the centerline on U.S. Highway 20 and fatally hit a passenger van. | Jeff Roper, KIFI Local News 8 via Associated Press
Fundraiser
A GoFundMe was also started to raise money for the families of the deceased.
The fundraiser was organized by the employer of the victims, Signet Farms Services, who donated $10,000.
“In the wake of an unimaginable tragedy, our hearts are heavy with grief as we mourn the loss of six beloved members of our team who tragically lost their lives in a devastating car accident on May 18th in Idaho,” writes the organizers. “Alongside this profound loss, nine of our colleagues were left with injuries, their lives forever changed by the events of this day.”
According to GoFundMe, the money raised will also go towards assisting the workers who were injured in the crash. The goal is to raise $195,000 to distribute $25,000 to each family of the deceased, and $5,000 to each injured employee.
If you would like to donate, click here.
Background
The fatal crash occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 18, on U.S. Highway 20 close to the Lindsay Boulevard exit in Idaho Falls.
A Dodge Ram pickup was traveling east when “it was driven left of center and collided with a westbound Chevrolet passenger van,” according to a news release from the Idaho State Police.
The van was full with 14 passengers plus the driver at the time of the collision.
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“The driver of the van, along with five other passengers in the van, succumbed to their injuries at the scene of the crash,” the release stated. “Nine other passengers of the van were injured and transported to a local hospital via ground ambulances.”
The pickup’s driver was also transported to a hospital for treatment.
Both lanes were closed for five and a half hours, and the westbound lane remained blocked for another hour as Idaho State Police, Idaho Falls Police Department, Idaho Falls Fire Department and Idaho Transportation Department responded to the scene.
This crash is still being investigated by the Idaho State Police, the release said.
EastIdahoNews.com has requested the crash report from Idaho State Police.
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