Unrelated vehicle crashes result in two fatalities

An Idaho County man was injured following a rollover accident early Saturday morning, Sept. 27, just south of Fenn on U.S. Highway 95 at the intersection with Powerline Road. The unidentified victim was transported to Syringa Hospital. The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Grangeville Police Department, handled the investigation. Further information was unavailable as of press time Tuesday.

Unrelated vehicle crashes last week resulted in two fatalities.

John P. Wilson, 77, died at the scene of a single-car crash near Lucile Sunday morning, Sept. 28, according to Idaho State Police (ISP).

The crash was reported at 8:53 a.m. when Wilson was driving a 1994 Ford Taurus northbound on U.S. Highway 95 when at milepost 209.3 he crossed the center line and went off the left shoulder. The car went down the embankment and into the Salmon River. He was wearing a seat belt.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), Salmon River Dive Team and Idaho Transportation Department assisted at the scene. Dale’s Rescue Towing provided wrecker services.

Two days prior, Sept. 26, Hamilton, Mont., resident Max E. Johnson, 63, died at the scene from injuries sustained in an ATV crash near Powell.

According to ISP, Johnson was driving his 2013 Polaris ATVF east on Forest Service Road 500 when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. The ATV ran off the right side of the road where Johnson was thrown and the vehicle rolled on top of him. He was wearing a helmet.

The incident was believed to have occurred around 3 p.m. as Johnson was approximately a half-mile ahead of a companion who was unable to locate him and subsequently reported him missing to ICSO dispatch. Along with ICSO personnel, Powell Ambulance, Grangeville Mountain Rescue and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Posse were called in to assist the search.

The following day, Sept. 27, 9:37 a.m., ISP Trooper Ed Holbert reported locating the crash scene 9.2 miles west of Papoose Saddle beside FS Road 500.

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