Sunday, March 25, 2012

Three Vehicle Injury Crash in Idaho Falls

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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: 03/25/2012 8:15am
Contact: Trooper Peeples

On March 25, 2012 at approximately 4:45 am, Jake Chapman, 22, of Idaho Falls, was travelling westbound on US20 in a 2000 Audi A4, when his vehicle stalled just past the Lindsey on-ramp. Angel Ruiz, 19, of Ammon, arrived on scene to jump start Chapman's car. Ruiz was driving 1993 Honda Civic. Both cars were stopped in the right lane of travel. Ruiz had turned his car around so the Audi and Honda were facing each other, when the Audi was struck from behind by a 2003 Buick Centra. The Buick was driven by Brett Ballard, 49, of Idaho Falls. When the Audi was struck, it was pushed into the Honda, and Chapman was caught between the two vehicles. Chapman was transported to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Neither Ruiz nor Ballard sustained any injuries. Ballard had been wearing his seatbelt. Neither road conditions nor alcohol are believed to be a factor in this crash.
This crash is under investigation by Trooper Peeples. He was assisted at the scene by the Idaho Falls Police Department and Bonneville County EMS.