Friday, November 8, 2013

Woman rescued from roadside plunge

Victim taken to St. Luke’s as precautionary measure


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    A 73-year-old Sun Valley woman was treated and released at St. Luke’s Wood River hospital after she drove her car off of Trail Creek Road on Tuesday and plunged downhill about 300 feet before coming to a stop after crashing into a tree.
    The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as Martha Reed. Sheriff Gene Ramsey said Reed had no obvious injuries but was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure by Ketchum Fire Department ambulance.
    Ramsey said the accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. when Reed, driving a gray 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350, went off the road at a turnout about a quarter-mile past the end of the pavement.
    “We’re not sure why she ran off the road,” Ramsey said “There were no skid marks. She just went off the side the road.”
    Ramsey said the vehicle “went straight down the hill until it hit a tree about 300 feet down.”
    He said Reed wasn’t wearing a seatbelt but that the vehicle airbag deployed.
    Ramsey said a Sun Valley police officer was first at the scene of the accident and he hiked down the hillside to where the vehicle came to a stop.
    Ketchum Fire Chief Mike Elle said the department’s backcountry rescue team was mobilized to rescue the woman but that the team wasn’t needed because Reed was able to walk back to the road herself with the assistance of a Sun Valley police officer and emergency medical responders.
    Ramsey said the vehicle was totaled.
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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