Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Shoshone residents injured in crash

Driver and passenger treated and released


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Two Shoshone residents were treated and released at St. Luke's Wood River after being injured in a single-vehicle crash Friday morning on U.S. Highway 26 about nine miles south of Carey.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office identified the victims as Karen Tippens, 54, and Michael Plath, 50. Sheriff's Capt. Curtis Miller said Tippens and Plath were treated at the scene of the accident by the Carey Quick Response Unit before being transported to the hospital by Wood River Fire & Rescue ambulance.

Miller said Tippens, the driver, complained of abdominal pain and Plath, a passenger, suffered a head laceration.

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The accident occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. Miller said Plath was northbound in a 1991 blue Honda Civic when she lost control of the vehicle.

"The investigation determined that she left the highway onto the right shoulder for some unknown reason, overcorrected back onto the highway, overcorrected again and continued off onto the right shoulder where the vehicle hit a dirt and rock embankment," Miller said. "We believe she may have dozed off."

Miller said no citations were issued. The accident report did not state whether Tippens or Plath were wearing seatbelts.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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