Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Crash near American Falls Injures Two

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Idaho State Police
District 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: 1/11/12 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Tpr. Brennan

On January 11, 2012, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 86 at milepost 46, near American Falls. A 1993 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Gary Lujan, age 55 of Pocatello, was traveling westbound, when he was struck from the rear by a 2005 Ford Taurus driven by Cory Hanks, age 35 of Burley. The impact caused Lujan's Blazer to roll. A passenger in the Blazer, Christinna Pehrson, age 51 of Pocatello, was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to Portneuf Medical Center by air ambulance with severe leg injuries. Lujan sustained minor injuries and was transported to Portneuf Medical Center by ground ambulance. It is unknown if seatbelts were worn by Lujan or Pehrson. Hanks was wearing his seatbelt and air bags did deploy in his vehicle at the time of the crash.

The crash is being investigated by Trooper Brennan who was assisted by the Power County Sheriff's Office. Hanks was cited for inattentive driving.