Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Three injured in icy traffic mishaps

One in Carey, the other near East Fork

Express Staff Writer

Three people were injured in two separate traffic accidents over the weekend. One was in Carey and the other on state Highway 75 near East Fork.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office reported that two Texas residents were injured early Monday morning in Carey at the intersection of Main Street and Little Wood Reservoir Road.

Sheriff's Capt. Ed Fuller described the injuries as "minor" and said both patients were treated and released at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center. He identified the driver of the vehicle, a 2007 maroon Toyota Avalon, as Lynn E. Ledbetter, 53, of San Marcos, Texas, and a passenger as Brian Gum, 55, also of San Marcos.

Fuller said the accident occurred at about 1:50 a.m. when the Avalon slid on the icy roadway while the driver was attempting a left-hand turn off Main Street onto the reservoir road. The vehicle crashed into a utility pole, causing an estimated $2,000 damage to the Avalon. He said no citation was issued.

A Salt Lake City man was injured at about 9 p.m. on Friday in a one-vehicle rollover near the intersection of Highway 75 and East Fork Road.

Fuller said the vehicle, a 2004 white Ford F250, was southbound when the driver lost control on "black ice" and slid off the road and rolled into a pole fence.

A passenger, identified as Marcelo Brito, 28, was transported to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center where he was treated for a back injury and released, Fuller said. He identified the driver as Jose Brito, 28, also of Salt Lake City.

No citation was issued. Damage to the F250 was estimated at $10,000.

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