Sunday, October 10, 2010

Injury crash north of Pocatello

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

For Immediate Release: 10/10/10 2:45 a.m.
Contact: Trooper T. Orr

On October 9, 2010, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a four-vehicle accident on Interstate 15 at milepost 73. Shawna Knox, 47, of Ucon, was travelling northbound when another vehicle made an abrupt lane change and struck her red Ford Taurus. That vehicle then continued northbound. The Taurus was forced off the road into the median where it rolled and landed in the southbound lanes.

A silver Honda Accord driven by Flint Gardner, 19, of Blackfoot, and a maroon Dodge pickup driven by Carl Vantassell, 57, of Rupert, collided while attempting to avoid the Taurus.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt. Shawna Knox, and her passenger William Knox, 51, also of Ucon, were both transported to Portneuf Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. Shawna was later moved to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

The Idaho State Police is requesting any information on the suspect vehicle that fled the scene.

The suspect vehicle was described as an older style SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Blazer or Ford Bronco with a two-tone paint scheme. The vehicle was further described as being dark blue, and having a large light blue or gray stripe on the side with dark blue paint below the stripe. It will also have damage to the driver's side and on the front of the vehicle. There may be red paint transfer in the damaged areas.

The crash was investigated by Trooper Orr with assistance from Bannock County and Pocatello emergency crews.