Deputies are investigating fatal traffic crash on Maple Grove Road - Ada County Sheriff

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Deputies are investigating fatal traffic crash on Maple Grove Road

An 82-year-old man died after witnesses say he drove his car into oncoming traffic and hit a pickup truck going the other way on South Maple Grove Road Monday morning.

The adult female driver of the truck was also injured in the crash. Paramedics took her to a Boise-area hospital for treatment. Both drivers were the only people in their vehicles.

The crash occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Witnesses told deputies Joe Lorah was driving a car southbound on Maple Grove Road just south of Victory Road when his car drifted over into the northbound lane, where it collided head-on with a Dodge pickup truck.

The force of the impact was significant. Both vehicles were badly damaged.

Deputies are working to determine if there was a medical issue that led Lorah losing control of his car.

Officials with the Ada County Coroner’s Office determined Lorah’s cause of death was blunt force injuries to the chest in connection with the crash.