Friday, September 3, 2004

Wednesday accident holds up traffic

Express Staff Writer

No one was seriously injured in a two-car accident north of Hailey on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by David N. Seelig

A two-car accident just north of Hailey held up rush-hour traffic Wednesday afternoon, when a Hailey woman rear-ended a truck that stopped to let someone pull onto the highway.

The occupants of both vehicles were transported to St. Luke?s Wood River Medical Center and released.

Blaine County Sheriff?s Office Chief Deputy Sheriff Gene Ramesy said the accident occurred at 4:35 p.m. just north of the Hailey city limits, when Nancy Verano, 24, of Hailey failed to avoid hitting a GMC Jimmy driven by Marcela Ibarra, 25, of Ketchum. Verano, who was driving a 1985 Mercury Topaz, had one passenger. Ibarra had four passengers.

Ramsey said that when Ibarra stopped, a white pickup truck swerved around her, but the next car, a 1985 Mercury Topaz driven by Verano, did not stop in time. Verano hit the Jimmy. The accident consisted of a low-speed impact, Ramsey said. Damage estimates were not immediately available.

No citations were issued, but the accident is still under investigation.

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