Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One-vehicle Interstate Crash in Jerome Injures Two

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Region 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
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For further information, contact Capt. Robert Storm at (208) 324-6000 or (208) 736-3070

For Immediate Release: 10/12/10 11:05 PM
Contact: Trooper Otto

At approximately 1:10 PM today, October 12th, 2010, a one-vehicle crash which injured two people occurred at milepost 168 on I84 in Jerome. William Estep, age 84 of Gooding, was traveling westbound on I84 on the offramp at milepost 168 (Lincoln Ave.) when he attempted to brake. He stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, lost control of the vehicle, and went into the shoulder of the offramp. His vehicle then went sideways through a fence into a light pole, and then across the interstate, coming to rest on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes. Mr. Estep was transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke's Magic Valley in Twin Falls. His passenger, Mary Estep, age 82 and also of Gooding, had to be extricated from the vehicle before she could be transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Boise where she remains in critical condition. Both occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, and alcohol is not believed to have been a factor. The investigation is still ongoing by Trooper Otto, with assistance from Trooper D. Gibbs, as well as Jerome Police, Jerome County Deputies, and Paramedics.