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On August 20, 2019 at approximately 5:30 PM deputies form the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to State Highway 75 and the junction with US Highway 20 for a two vehicle crash.
Initial reports stated one of the vehicles hit a power pole, with power lines blocking a portion of the roadway and one of vehicles was on fire. With help from citizens, the fire was extinguished before emergency personnel arrived.
The crash investigation revealed that a silver 2018 Kia Soul, driven by Emmet G. Hartlove, age 18 of Concord California, was driving west bound on US 20. Hartlove failed to yield to oncoming traffic and struck a white 2000 Jeep Cherokee driven by Silvia H. Leal Martinez, age 42, of Gooding Idaho, who was driving south bound on Highway 75.
Hartlove and his passenger were transported to St. Luke’s Wood River Hospital for minor injuries. All parties were wearing seat belts. Hartlove was cited for Failure to Yield from a Stop Sign pursuant to Idaho Code 49-807.
“Recently, we have seen an increase in traffic accidents at this intersection. We have committed extra patrol resources to this area and have been doing this for some time now. Deputies are out showing a presence near this intersection. Citations for speed and stop sign violations, among other violations are being written when warranted”, said Sheriff Steve Harkins. My message to local citizens, who travel regularly through this intersection, is to always be aware of other motorists and your speed.
In the past, the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office has requested for the Idaho Department of Transportation to conduct traffic and safety studies to explore options for making this intersection safer.
Sheriff Steve Harkins
Posted August 21, 2019 3:30 PM
CONTACT: Holly Carter – Blaine County Sheriff’s Office (208) 788-5536