Thursday, September 16, 2010

Injury Crash on US20 Near INL

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Idaho State Police
Region 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294

For Immediate Release: 09/16/2010 3:00p.m.
Contact: Corporal Barnes

On Thursday, September 16, 2010 at approximately 6:04a.m. the Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle injury crash. Lori Lopez, 49, of Idaho Falls was driving west on US20, near milepost 287, in a 2007 Kia Sportage when she stopped suddenly for a deer that entered the highway. Martin Newman, 59, of Idaho Falls was also driving west on US20, in a 2008 INL Motor Coach, occupied by 20 INL employees. When Lopez stopped for the deer, she was rear ended by Newman causing the Kia to go off the road and overturn. Lopez was transported by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Lopez's passenger, Jessica Bertram, 27, was transported by Air Idaho to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. No one from the bus was transported. There was no airbag deployment.

The crash remains under investigation by Corporal Barnes. He was assisted at the scene by Corporal Bivins and Corporal Anderson of the State Police. Bonneville county deputies, INL security and fire units, ITD and Idaho Falls fire department also assisted at the scene.