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Young Utahn suffers fatal injuries after salt block comes through windshield in Idaho

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Posted at 7:52 PM, Aug 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-05 21:52:49-04
Carter Atwood, who was killed in a freak accident when a salt block came off a truck and went through a windshield. Image via GoFundMe.

Carter Atwood, who was killed in a freak accident when a salt block came off a truck and went through a windshield. Image via GoFundMe.

IDAHO — A 5-year-old boy suffered injuries Saturday when a salt block being transported on a truck came loose and went through the windshield of another vehicle, and the child died Monday.

According to a press release from Idaho State Police, A Weiser, Idaho resident was northbound on highway 52 in a pickup truck hauling two pallets of salt blocks on the flat bed.

The release states that although the salt blocks were in shrink wrap and tied down, one pallet came loose as the truck rounded a curve at mile post 43–about 13 miles north of Emmett, Idaho.

Several salt blocks flew off the truck, and one block struck a pickup truck being driven by Jaeson Atwood of Nampa. The block went through the windshield on the passenger side and struck Donald Moala, also of Nampa.

The block then continued into the back seat, where it struck 5-year-old Carter S. Atwood of Syracuse, Utah. The child was hit in the head by the block, and on Monday he passed away.

A GoFundMe page was established to help the boy’s family.