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Coeur d’Alene couple die in head-on collision near Moscow

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 2, 2021

A married couple from Coeur d’Alene were killed in a head-on crash Tuesday morning near Moscow, according to an Idaho State Police news release.

Ernest H. Klemm, Jr., 87, and Vera M. Klemm, 89, were traveling south in a Toyota Camry on U.S. Highway 95 about 3 miles south of Moscow when Ernest Klemm, the driver, drove left of center and collided with a Chrysler Town & Country, ISP said.

The couple died at the scene. Latah County Coroner Cathy Mabbutt said in a news release the cause of death was “multiple trauma” from the collision.

The driver of the Chrysler, a 42-year-old Lewiston man, was taken to a nearby hospital, ISP said.

ISP said Ernest Klemm was wearing a seat belt and did not indicate whether the other two people involved wore them.

Traffic on Highway 95 was blocked in both directions for about three hours.

ISP is investigating.

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