Woman crashes SUV into river, escapes serious injury

A 23-year-old Idaho Falls woman escaped serious injury Tuesday night after driving her Ford Explorer into the Snake River, authorities said.

The incident was reported shortly after 7 p.m. along Milligan Road, about one-quarter to one-half mile south of Snake River Landing. The roadway’s surface is gravel where the accident occurred. The woman reportedly was alone in the vehicle when the accident happened. Her name was withheld Tuesday night.

“The vehicle was southbound on Milligan Road when it went into the river,” Idaho Falls Police Lt. Dennis Tremayne said. “She was able to get out and swam to shore.”

Tremayne described the woman’s injuries as non-life threatening, “mostly bumps and bruises.” She was transported by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for treatment, he said.

The woman’s SUV still was in the process of being retrieved from the river at about 9:30 p.m. Tremayne estimated the river’s depth at about 35 feet where the Explorer went under the water.

City police officers were assisted at the scene by members of the Idaho Falls Fire Department and Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigation was continuing late Tuesday, Tremayne said.