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Motorists escape serious injury in Monday crash

Traffic was diverted on East Main Street Monday afternoon, Feb. 16, after a two-vehicle accident at the Mt. Idaho Grade road intersection.

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Traffic was diverted on East Main Street Monday afternoon, Feb. 16, after a two-vehicle accident at the Mt. Idaho Grade road intersection.



— Motorists escaped serious injury in a two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon, Feb. 16, at the intersection of Main Street/State Highway 13 and Mt. Idaho Grade Road.

The crash was reported at 2:01 p.m., according to Grangeville Police Officer Phillip Smith. Richard Willey, 79, of Grangeville, was headed north in a 2001 Ford Ranger, stopped at the intersection with Main Street. Willey reported looking right and seeing three oncoming vehicles, the first of which was turning onto the truck route, and so he thought he had enough time to turn left, according to Smith. However, he didn’t look left, where oncoming at around 25 mph was an eastbound 1988 Nissan pickup, driven by Collyn Strecker, 19, of Grangeville.

Strecker applied the brakes, the Nissan skidded about 20 yards before striking the driver’s side of Willey’s Ford. The Nissan stopped in the center of the intersection, and Willey drove his Ford onto the shoulder.

Willey, Strecker and her passenger, Jodi Leeper, 50, of Grangeville, were checked by Syringa Ambulance EMTs and were not transported. All were reported wearing seat belts.

Smith said Willey was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign, and driving with an expired license.

GPD was assisted on the crash by personnel from the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police. Dale’s Rescue Towing provided wrecker service.



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