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Posted on: July 3, 2019

Press Release – Two Vehicle Highway Collision at Ohio Gulch

Ohio Gulch Crash

On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at approximately 2:47 p.m., Blaine County Communications received a report of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of State Highway 75 and Ohio Gulch Road, north of Hailey, Idaho.

Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies and personnel from Wood River Fire and Rescue and Ketchum Fire Department responded to the scene. A Blaine County Sheriff’s deputy who was patrolling in the area arrived within a minute of the accident. All lanes of Highway 75 were blocked from the vehicles and crash debris. 

Investigators determined, Aurelia Sproule, age 63 of Ketchum, Idaho was driving a 2004 Orange Honda Element. Witnesses indicate Sproule was attempting to turn left onto southbound Highway 75 from Ohio Gulch Rd. Sproule pulled onto Highway 75 directly into the path of Lindy R. Brewer, age 68 of Hailey, Idaho, driving a grey 2011 Nissan Murano. Brewer was traveling northbound on Highway 75, in the left lane of travel. Brewer struck Sproule’s vehicle on the driver side area, causing Sproule’s vehicle to rotate. Sproule was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. 

Both drivers were transported to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. Sproule was later flown by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho for her injuries. Sproule is currently listed in Intensive Care. Brewer, who was wearing a seatbelt, was treated and released with minor injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle. Highway 75 was closed or had reduced lanes of travel for approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

The crash remains under investigation. 

“I would like to remind everyone to please drive safely and use caution on our roadways. This is a busy weekend for our community with high traffic volume,” stated Sheriff Steve Harkins. “Drive with patience, without distraction, wear your seatbelts, and obey all traffic laws. Let’s keep this weekend a safe and uneventful one for our first responders.”

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Posted July 3, 2019 @11:15 am

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