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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Press Release –Three Vehicle Crash Near Gimlet

Quispe collision

On Monday, June 22, 2020, at approximately 5:53 pm deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a multiple-vehicle crash on State Highway 75 near Gimlet.

The three-vehicle collision occurred approximately three miles south of Ketchum, Idaho. Crash scene investigation determined that Milton L. Woolf, age 30 of Hailey, Idaho, was driving southbound on Hwy 75 in a 1999 white Chevy 4500 truck when he glanced to see a herd of sheep to the west of the highway. When he looked back to the roadway he noticed vehicles braking in front of him, but was unable to stop in time to avoid the collision. Woolf struck Joseph Scott Manson, age 38 of Hailey, Idaho, from the rear in a 2019 black Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The impact of the collision forced Manson’s vehicle forward striking a red 2000 Ford Explorer driven by Martin Quispe, age 79 of Bellevue, Idaho and spun Manson’s vehicle around facing the opposite direction in the lane of travel. Prior to impact, Quispe had slowed to pull off the road into a dirt turnout. As a result of being struck in the rear, Quispe’s vehicle struck a power pole adjacent to the highway.

Quispe was transported for medical evaluation of minor injuries to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. Woolf and Manson were not injured in the collision. All three drivers were wearing seatbelts.

Idaho Power assessed the power pole and determined there was no significant damage. All three vehicles received significant damage and were towed from the scene.

Woolf will be issued a citation for Following Too Closely, I.C. 49-638.


Sheriff Steve Harkins

Posted June 23, 2020, @  1:00 pm

CONTACT:    Holly Carter – Blaine County Sheriff’s Office (208) 788-5536         End.###

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