Friday, February 11, 2011

2 injured in Tuesday night crash

Sheriff’s Office still investigating accident north of Bellevue


Two people were transported to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center following a head-on crash Tuesday night on state Highway 75 north of Bellevue. The Blaine County Sheriff's Office described the injuries as serious but not life-threatening.

Sheriff's Lt. Jay Davis said Thursday that the accident is still under investigation and it was not known if icy conditions contributed to the crash, or if either of the injured people, the sole occupants of their vehicles, was wearing a seatbelt.

Davis identified the victims as Bridgette Aldrich, a 30-year-old Fairfield woman, and Jose Santacruz, 33, of Bellevue. He said Aldrich suffered a broken femur and Santacruz sustained a broken ankle and broken wrist.

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The accident occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. about 1.5 miles north of Bellevue.

Davis said Aldrich, southbound in a tan 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, "for an unknown reason" crossed the centerline of the highway and collided head-on with a red 1996 Dodge Caravan driven by Santacruz.

Davis said a second accident, which he described as a rear-end collision, occurred between two vehicles while highway traffic was stopped at the scene of the first crash. He said there were no injuries in the second accident.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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