Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Man hospitalized after head-on crash

Bellevue accident remains under investigation


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

An 80-year-old Sun Valley man remained hospitalized in stable condition this week following a head-on collision Thursday in northern Bellevue.

Torjus Heyerdahl was transported by Wood River Fire & Rescue ambulance to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center following the accident shortly after 3 p.m. on state Highway 75. According to a police report, Heyerdahl suffered neck and head injuries.

The Bellevue Marshal's Office reported Monday that Heyerdahl was northbound in a 2005 Toyota Prius when for unknown reasons he veered into the southbound lane and his vehicle was struck by a 2000 Ford F-250 driven by Harry Noel, 21, of Bellevue.

"The gentleman that drifted all the way across does not remember anything from the accident," said Marshal Bryan Carpita.

No citations have been issued and the accident remains under investigation. Carpita said alcohol is not believed to have been a factor.

Carpita said Heyerdahl and Noel were wearing seatbelts, and airbags deployed in both vehicles. He said both vehicles are believed to have been traveling at about the posted speed of 25 miles per hour.

"If it had occurred at highway speeds, there's no doubt in my mind that it would have been a fatality, with that small car versus that truck," Carpita said.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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