Thursday, March 1, 2012

Injury Crash on SH33 Sends Four to Hospital

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

For Immediate Release: 03/01/2012 5:30pm
Contact: Trooper Hiebert

On March 1, 2012 at approximately 10:11 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle crash on SH33 at milepost 67, west of Rexburg. A 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Maria A Rodriguez, 26 of Rigby, was headed northbound on SH33. An Idaho Transportation Department snowplow, driven by Clark Moon, age 51 of St. Anthony, was also traveling northbound on SH33. Anthony said he was traveling about 30 to 35 miles per hour plowing snow out of the right lane with all lights active on the plow. Rodriguez was traveling too fast for conditions and said she could not see in the flurry of snow and did not brake before striking the rear of the ITD snowplow.

The impact caused severe front end damage to the Silverado and minor damage to the ITD snowplow. Rodriguez and her two passengers, Dominic Guzman, age 2, and Jasmine Rodriguez, age 14, both of Terreton, were transported by ground ambulance to Madison Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released. Moon was also transported by ground ambulance to Madison Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. All drivers and occupants were wearing seatbelts and Dominic was in an approved child safety seat.

SH33 was partially blocked for approximately one and a half hours while officers investigated the crash. The crash is being investigated by Tpr. Hiebert, who was assisted at the scene by the Idaho Transportation Department, Idaho Port of Entry and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Rodriguez was cited for following too close.