Printed on: November 11, 2012

Accidents pile up on icy roadways in eastern Idaho


Post Register

An 85-year-old Pocatello woman escaped serious injury Saturday night when she rolled her Dodge Dakota on Interstate 15 just south of the Fort Hall exit, the Idaho State Police reported.

The driver was identified as Kathleen De Young. She was taken to Portneuf Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries in the emergency room and released.

Traffic came to a standstill on the icy interstate after De Young lost control and rolled her southbound Dakota through the median and into the left traffic lane of I-15's northbound lanes.

All lanes on I-15 were reopened to traffic shortly before 8 p.m.

The accident was one of several reported as a band of snow moved through the area about 6 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release.

Earlier Saturday, three people were injured in a three-vehicle crash on Idaho Highway 31 just north of Swan Valley.

Jamie Krupinski, 24 of Jackson, Wyo., was southbound on Highway 31 in a green 1997 Ford. Krupinski lost control on the ice covered road, the news release said, and crossed the center line into oncoming traffic about 4:20 p.m.

Krupinski collided with a red 2002 Toyota Tacoma driven by Michael Robinson, 32, of Idaho Falls.

Kelly Muir, 24 of Franklin, was driving behind Robinson in a gray Ford Eclipse, the news release said.

Muir left the south side of the road to avoid the collision in front of him and subsequently hit a road sign.

Two passengers from Robinson's vehicle were taken by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Krupinski was taken by ground ambulance to Teton Valley Hospital.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday, the Idaho State Police issued an advisory that warned motorists of dangerous driving conditions caused by snow and ice.

Less than 30 minutes later, accident reports started rolling in -- a truck crash into the I-15 median near Exit 110 and separate slide-offs on I-15 at Exit 109 and Exit 113.

Another series of slide-offs was reported along Highway 91 near the Bonneville-Bingham county line, an ISP spokeswoman said.

No injuries were reported in any of those mishaps.