Thursday, April 15, 2010

**Update** Fatal crash claims two

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Region 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897
For further information, contact Lt. Robert Storm at (208)324-6000 or (208)736-3070

For Immediate Release: 04/15/10 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Lieutenant Storm


Updated information reference the crash involving Trooper Clausing. The crash occurred on Interstate 84 at milepost 254 instead of 258. Timothy Olsen now resides in Utah rather than Montana.


On Thursday April 15, 2010 at approximately 12:45 p.m. the Idaho State Police received information of a one vehicle crash eastbound on Interstate 84 at milepost 263, near the Utah border in Oneida County. The initial investigation shows that a tire separated on the 2006 Ford pickup out of Colorado which caused the driver to lose control and the vehicle to roll. Two occupants of the pickup succumbed to their injuries sustained in the crash. Notification is still being made to the family. Air ambulance was on scene at 1:30 p.m. to assist paramedics providing aide at the scene.

At 1:15 p.m., as assisting officers were responding to the scene of the fatal crash, Timothy Olsen, of Montana, was driving his 2007 Dodge pickup. Olsen fell asleep at the wheel near Interstate 84 at milepost 258, drifting out of his lane and into the path of Trooper Clausing. Trooper Clausing avoided hitting Olsen's vehicle, however he ran off the road which caused his patrol car to roll. Trooper Clausing was using his emergency lights at the time of the crash. Trooper Clausing was transported to the Cassia County Regional Medical center in Burley with minor injuries. Olsen was cited for inattentive driving.

Both crashes remain under investigation by the Idaho State police.