Douglas Megargle, 52, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Magic Valley regional fisheries manager, was killed in a severe, multi-vehicle collision on May 14 on Interstate 84 near Hazelton.
Sally Rose, 60, offices services supervisor for the Magic Valley Region, was also in Megargle’s vehicle and was injured and taken to Portneuf Regional Medical Center in Pocatello. According to the Department of Fish and Game, Rose was in intensive care at the hospital on Wednesday; no update was available from the hospital Thursday.
Both longtime residents of the Magic Valley were on duty when the accident occurred.
According to the Idaho State Police, the accident occurred during heavy winds and rain when a sudden dust storm covered the westbound lanes of Interstate 84. The Fish and Game employees’ vehicle and three others slowed to a stop. However, a Mack truck driven by Filimon B. Miranda, 58, of Twin Falls, failed to stop before striking the rear of Megargle’s vehicle.
“As friends and colleagues, our thoughts and prayers are with Sally, and with Doug’s family, during this difficult time,” Fish and Game Director Ed Schriever said. “Doug was a respected fishery professional who I have personally worked with for many years, and I am heartbroken about this tragedy. Sally is a leader among our administrative support staff, and we will do everything we can to support her recovery.”