Accident on Idaho's Hwy. 55 sends 4 to hospital

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by KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on January 11, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 8:24 PM

CALDWELL, Idaho – Four people were taken to the hospital after a two-car accident on Highway 55 Saturday night.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., Tyler Collins, 22, of Caldwell, was northbound on Malt Road in a 2005 Nissan Altima.

Collins failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Malt Road and Karcher Road, striking a 2007 Chevrolet pickup driven by Florencio Hernandez, 73, of Casa Grande, Arizona. The impact sent Collins' vehicle into a power pole, which caused a chain reaction.

"(The car) hit the power pole (and) broke the power pole," said Scott Tulleners with Idaho State Police. "When the power pole fell it snapped another power pole across the street on Malt, which drug lines down, blocking both Highway 55 and Malt Road."

Highway 55 was closed down for several hours as Idaho Power worked to restore power to the area.

Collins was transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center where he is in critical condition. Heranadez and his two passengers were taken by ground ambulance to St. Al's with unknown injuries. 

Police are investigating.
 

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