Blaine County sheriff’s deputies responded to three multi-vehicle accidents over the weekend that occurred throughout the county, some with injuries.
The first accident occurred just before 12:30 p.m. last Thursday on state Highway 75 near Countryside Boulevard south of Hailey, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Natalie Wilson, 28, of Hailey, was traveling southbound on the highway when a dog ran out in front of her 1994 green Chevrolet truck, causing her to stop abruptly to avoid hitting it, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Her truck was then struck from the rear by a white 2009 Chevrolet truck driven by Andres Escarcega-Rogue, 43, of Hailey. Rogue reported to responding officers that he also saw the dog run out in front of the vehicle in front of him and that he braked but was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision.
Rogue’s vehicle sustained significant damages and was towed from the scene. Rogue was transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, the Sheriff’s Office stated. According to the hospital, he was treated and released. Both drivers, the sole occupants of the vehicles, were wearing seatbelts and no citations were issued.
A second accident occurred that same day, north of Carey near Austin Road, which Idaho State Police handled but sheriff’s deputies responded to and assisted in.
According to Idaho State Police, officers responded to the three-vehicle accident just before 5 p.m. on April 18. Ashley C. Powell, 30, of Moore, Idaho, was driving northbound with two juvenile passengers when her 2000 Ford Excursion collided with a 1995 Ford F250 driven by Aaron R. Andrews, 48, of Carey, causing Andrews’ truck to spin and collide with a 2019 Nissan Rogue driven by Cory L. Gunn, 33, of El Cajon, Calif., with passengers Jason Gunn and two juveniles.
Powell and her two juvenile passengers along with Andrews and his juvenile passengers and Jason Gunn were all transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. Powell, Andrews and Jason Gunn were treated and released the same day, according to the hospital. Cory Gunn and her juvenile passengers were transported by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. As of Tuesday afternoon, Cory Gunn was still at the hospital. No information was available on any of the injured juveniles.
According to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, the cause of the collisions remained under investigation as of Tuesday.
The third collision occurred Saturday around 1:15 p.m. at the intersection of state Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 20, south of Bellevue.
Mitchell W. Brooks, 17, of Filer, Idaho, was driving southbound on Highway 75 in a 2004 Mazda MX3 with a single passenger when a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Mark D. Ferrante, 62, of Arco, failed to stop at the stop sign while traveling west on U.S. Highway 20 and crashed into Brooks’ vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Ferrante’s vehicle rolled at least once and landed on its roof on the right shoulder of the eastbound lane of Highway 20. Both vehicles sustained damages and were towed from the scene. Ferrante was cited for failure to obey traffic control devices, the Sheriff’s Office stated.