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BUHL — A woman died Monday morning when she drove in front of a loaded semitrailer southwest of Buhl, Idaho State Police say.

Claudia Padilla Valdez, 24, of Buhl was eastbound on 3800 North before 9 a.m. in a 2003 Hyundai Sonata when she failed to yield to a 2004 Peterbilt driven by Scott Waller, also of Buhl.

Waller, 56, was southbound, hauling a load of corn silage to a dairy, ISP Cpl. Michael Wendler said Monday afternoon. His truck is registered to Ratzlaff Farms of Buhl.

Valdez “rolled through stop sign and drove into path of the semi,” Wendler said Monday. “The car was thrown into a shallow ditch at the intersection and the semi overturned and came to rest in a field at the southeast corner of intersection.”

Both drivers live near the intersection, he said.

It’s not known if Valdez stopped at the sign first before proceeding through the intersection, Wendler said. The car was not traveling at a high rate of speed.

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“She just drove in front of the semi.”

Valdez died at the scene, he said. Waller was taken by air ambulance to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center and admitted.

Valdez was wearing a seat belt, but Waller was not, Wendler said.

Valdez’s family has been notified. ISP is investigating the crash.


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