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A local woman died Saturday as a result of injuries sustained in a head-on vehicle collision on a rural Southeast Idaho highway near Atomic City, according to an Idaho State Police news release.

Around 5 a.m. Saturday, state police investigated the fatal crash on U.S. Highway 26 near milepost 276, northwest of Atomic City.

Sally Larsen, 44, of Blackfoot, was driving a 2003 Ford Windstar van eastbound on Highway 26 and Brody Tripp, 40, of Chubbuck, was driving a 2019 Toyota Tundra pickup westbound on the highway, police said.

Tripp crossed the center line and struck Larsen’s vehicle head-on, police said.

Larsen was not wearing a seat belt and succumbed to her injuries on scene, said police, adding that Tripp was wearing a seatbelt and was not transported.

Both lanes of travel on Highway 26 were blocked for approximately five hours as police investigated the scene.

The state police will continue to investigate the crash and the Idaho National Laboratory Fire Department assisted Idaho State Police on scene.