Friday, January 4, 2008

Rush-hour accident sends 4 to hospital

Express Staff Writer

A two-vehicle accident Thursday morning on state Highway 75 near The Meadows mobile-home park, south of Ketchum, tied up morning commuters for more than an hour as traffic was reduced to a single lane.

Ketchum Fire Department Assistant Chief Robbie Englehart said four people were transported to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, but that none of the injuries appeared life-threatening.

Englehart said the accident was reported at 7:27 a.m. by an off-duty firefighter. The Ketchum department responded with two ambulances and Wood River Fire & Rescue responded with one.

The accident involved two northbound vehicles and resulted in one of them ending up in the southbound lane, while the other was forced into the barrow pit of the northbound lane, Englehart said.

Blaine County Sheriff's Department Lt. Jay Davis said Thursday morning that the cause of the accident was still under investigation.

Traffic slowed considerably, as only one lane was open during rush hour, but was restored to its normal flow around 9 a.m.

The names of the crash victims and the extent of their injuries had not been released Thursday morning.

Three people were in one car and a solo driver was in the other.

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