Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Crash closes highway

No serious injuries in Tuesday morning pileup


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Northbound traffic on state Highway 75 was diverted onto Buttercup Road for about an hour Tuesday morning following a three-vehicle accident just south of the highway intersection with Deer Creek Road.

Southbound traffic was allowed to pass through the accident scene.

Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey said there were no injuries requiring ambulance transport.

The accident occurred around 9:20 a.m. when a northbound GMC utility truck pulling a trailer and driven by Eduardo Orozco, 39, of Jerome, was making a left turn off the highway. Ramsey said a 1997 GMC, driven by Damon Drougas, 38, of Hailey, was slowing for the turning vehicle when it was struck in the rear by a 1995 Ford driven by Brian Ward, 26, of Hailey.

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Ramsey said the Drougas vehicle was then pushed into the utility truck.

The sheriff said Ward "will be cited" for allegedly driving with a suspended license.

"We're still looking into it to see if we have the elements for an inattentive driving or something," Ramsey said.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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