Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Update Injury Crash Ambulance Versus Car Near Indian Valley

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
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For Immediate Release: 10/23/13 2:37 P.M.
Please direct questions to the District Office

Jonathon Dickinson, one of the EMTs injured in the two vehicle injury crash on US Highway 95, was previously reported to be 41 years of age. His age is 70 years of age. The Idaho State Police do not have an update at this time on the conditions of those in the crash or whether any of the drivers will be charged. The crash is still under investigation.


On Tuesday October 22, 2013, at 1:19 p. m., Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle injury crash on US Highway 95 at milepost 121, near Indian Vallley.

Charles Penniger, 66 years old from Council, was driving the Council Ambulance south bound on US 95, transporting a patient to Weiser Memorial Hospital, when he was stuck head on by an oncoming vehicle. Samuel McCartney, 36 year old of Twin Falls, was traveling north bound in a 98 Mitsubishi Eclipse, when he braked and swerved into the south bound lane of travel to avoid a vehicle that was yielding to the oncoming ambulance with emergency lights on. Charles Penniger and the patient in the ambulance were transported by ground ambulance to Weiser Memorial. Sandra Sova, 62 years of age from Mesa, and Jonathon Dickinson, 41 years of age of Council, were both in the back of the ambulance assisting the patient. Both Sova and Dickinson were transported to St Alphonsus in Boise by Air Ambulance. McCartney and his passenger Heather Hetzel, 37 year old from Boise, were transported via personal vehicle to Weiser Memorial. Air bags deployed in both vehicles. The two EMT's in back were not wearing seatbelts; all other occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Both directions of travel were closed for approximately 5 hours. The crash is still under investigation.