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Saturday crashes injure two


Two people were transported for medical attention following a Friday night, Aug. 29, chain collision accident on Glenwood Road. A grain truck stalled on the road was receiving service from a pickup truck when a third vehicle struck the pickup from behind, pushing it into the grain truck. One person was taken to the hospital by Kamiah Ambulance, and his passenger was transported from the scene by LifeFlight helicopter. Further information was not available as of press time Tuesday.

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Two people were transported for medical attention following a Friday night, Aug. 29, chain collision accident on Glenwood Road. A grain truck stalled on the road was receiving service from a pickup truck when a third vehicle struck the pickup from behind, pushing it into the grain truck. One person was taken to the hospital by Kamiah Ambulance, and his passenger was transported from the scene by LifeFlight helicopter. Further information was not available as of press time Tuesday.



Two injury crashes were investigated last Saturday, Aug. 30, by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).

WHITE BIRD – A Pocatello man was injured following a motorcycle accident south of White Bird.

Anthony A. Sonnier, 51, was taken to Syringa Hospital. Patient status was unavailable.

The crash was reported at 4:51 p.m., 1.5 miles south of town near the Old Highway 95 Road intersection, according to an ICSO report. Sonnier was driving a 1998 Honda Goldwing north on U.S. Highway 95 when he drifted off the roadway for 45 feet before coming back onto the roadway. He then lost control of the bike, laid it down on its right side and was ejected. Sonnier was wearing a helmet.

Inattention was listed as a factor in the crash. Sonnier was not cited.

ICSO Deputy Sam Clark investigated the crash. Long’s Towing provided wrecker services.

KAMIAH – Alcohol impairment is cited as a factor in a one-vehicle crash on Woodland Road.

Patrick A. Lacey, 41, of Orofino, received non-incapacitating injuries in the crash but was not transported for treatment. It is unknown whether he was wearing a seat belt. Lacey was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. Formal charges are pending.

The crash was reported at 1:45 p.m. 13 miles north of Kamiah near the intersection with Aitken Road, according to an ICSO report. Lacey was driving a2004 Dodge R25 pickup south on Woodland Road when he failed to negotiate a curve at the intersection. The truck traveled 100 feet before striking a mailbox and leaving the roadway where it went 40 feet and then off the embankment and through a fence.

ICSO Deputy Keith Olsen investigated the crash. Jackson’s Towing provided wrecker services.

NEWS – Washington State motorcyclist injured Aug. 28 crash on U.S. 12

A Washington State motorcyclist received injuries following a crash on U.S. Highway 12 last Thursday.

As of press time, Gary K. Hoyt, 59, of Spokane Valley, was listed in fair condition at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula. He was wearing a helmet.

The incident was reported Aug. 28, 11:40 a.m., 74 miles east of Kooskia at milepost 148, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) report. Hoyt was traveling on a 2007 Honda VTX 130 eastbound with two other motorcyclists when one of these – Frank Loehner, age and residency unavailable – applied his brakes abruptly to turn into the second entrance of Mineral Licks information area.

Hoyt applied his brakes causing his rear motorcycle wheel to lock up and he began to skid, and the trailer he was hauling pushed his vehicle outside of his lane and into a sideways slide. During this time, Hoyt’s motorcycle sideswiped a 2004 Yamaha YZF600 ridden by one of his companions, Diane E. Loehner, 67, of Greenacres, Wash. Hoyt’s trailer then jackknifed and flipped onto its right side, and both it and the motorcycle slide another nine feet before the trailer rolled onto its top, both continuing to slide 46.7 feet where the bike hit the guardrail. The bike and trailer then continued another 65 feet before coming to a stop.

Diane was not injured in the accident. Hoyt was transported from the scene by a LifeFlight helicopter.

ICSO Deputy Tom Remington investigated the accident, assisted with medical care on scene by Powell QRU.

NEWS – Texas pair injured Aug. 26 collision near Elk City

ELK CITY – An inattentive driving citation is pending against a Texas man following last week’s two-vehicle collision near Elk City.

Albert L. Price, 60, of Sinton, San Patricio, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston where he was treated and released. His passenger, Adelaide C. Price, 79, also of Sinton, San Patricio, was taken by Elk City Ambulance to Syringa Hospital where she was treated and released. It is unknown whether the pair was wearing seat belts.

The crash was reported last Tuesday, Aug. 26, 10:18 a.m., on Deadwood Road, 1.5 miles south of State Highway 14, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) report. Albert was driving a 2011 Ford pickup northbound on Deadwood Road when he drove left of center while negotiating a blind right corner. At that point, John M. Kelly, 52, of Caldwell, was driving a 1988 Peterbilt semi-truck southbound on Deadwood Road when he saw Albert’s pickup coming at him in his lane. Kelly applied his brakes but was unable to maneuver further to the shoulder, and the pickup struck the front of the semi-truck.

Kelly was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured.

ICSO Deputy Tom Remington investigated the crash with assistance from USFS Law Enforcement Officer Brooks Beegle. Wrecker services were provided by Dale’s Rescue Towing.



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