Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Teenagers injured in single-vehicle rollover

Alcohol being investigated as contributing cause

Express Staff Writer

Three teenagers were injured early Saturday morning in a one-vehicle rollover on Gannett Road in an accident that the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office suspects had alcohol as a contributing factor.

One girl, identified by the sheriff’s office as 16-year-old Kasey Allred of Carey, was flown by emergency helicopter to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Her condition was not available from the hospital by press deadline Tuesday.

Two other teenagers, identified as 17-year-old Samantha Carlson of Fairfield and 16-year-old Tristan Vanlaanen of Boise, were treated at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center and released from the hospital later Saturday.

Sheriff Gene Ramsey said Monday that Allred suffered “severe head trauma,” while Carlson received lacerations and Vanlaanen sustained a broken leg. All three were initially transported to St. Luke’s by Wood River Fire & Rescue ambulance.

Ramsey said the accident occurred at 12:05 a.m. Saturday after the three teenagers left a Wood River High School football game in Hailey. The sheriff said Carlson, driving a red 1989 Jeep Cherokee, was southbound on Gannett Road about a mile and a half south of Gannett when she apparently drove onto the shoulder of the road and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to skid, flip and roll, landing on the passenger side.

He said no one was ejected from the vehicle so it’s likely that all three teenagers were wearing seatbelts.

The accident remained under investigation Tuesday. Ramsey said investigators have reason to believe that the teenagers were drinking alcohol at the football game.

Terry Smith:


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