Saturday, December 22, 2012

Fatal Injury Crash In Gooding County

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District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897
For Immediate Release: 12/22/2012 5:00 a.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office


On December 21, 2012, at approximately 6:47 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84, near milepost 135, in Gooding County.

Chelsea L. Sorensen, 22, of Nampa, ID, was driving west on Interstate 84 in a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. For unknown reasons, she lost control of the vehicle, drove into the median, and overturned. The vehicle continued into the eastbound lanes of travel, colliding with a 2010 Nissan Maxima, driven by Ryan W. Bowen, 23, of Burley, ID. Ryan Bowen died at the scene of the crash. Sorensen was transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ID, where she later died.

Franklin D. Bowen, 52, of Burley, ID, Nedra G. Bowen, 50, of Burley, ID, and Loralee Bowen, 17, of Burley, ID, were passengers in Bowens vehicle. All three passengers were also transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ID.

All drivers and passengers were wearing seatbelts.

Both eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 were blocked for approximately four and a half hours.

The crash investigation is continuing.


The Idaho State Police is currently investigating a two-vehicle crash eastbound I84 at milepost 135, Gooding County, near the Bliss rest area. Both eastbound lanes are blocked at this time. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible. More information will be released when it becomes available.