HAILEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A Wood River Valley woman is in critical condition, and one other driver injured, after being involved in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning.
The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office said before 9:30 a.m. Lindi D. Mattinson, 21, of Hailey, drove southbound on State Highway 75 when her car went off the southbound shoulder, overcorrected and crossed into oncoming traffic.
The sheriff’s office, that is investigating the crash, said Mattinson’s car struck an oncoming pickup truck pulling a small backhoe on a flatbed trailer. The truck was driven by Eberto B. Zavala, 47, of Hailey. The collision tore the front of Mattinson’s car off.
Both Mattinson and Zavala were taken by ground ambulance to St. Luke’s Wood River Valley before Mattinson was flown by air ambulance to St. Alphonosus Hospital in Boise.
The sheriff’s office said Mattinson remains in critical condition and Zavala was released with minor injuries.
The accident occurred north of Hailey, near the intersection of Buttercup Road. All lanes of Highway 75 reopened by 12:30 p.m.
The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office asks drivers to remains alert and drive with caution following a multiple-car accident Wednesday as first responders are still in the area.
According to the sheriff’s office Facebook page, the accident occurred at little before 9:30 a.m. north of Hailey, about one mile north of Zine Spur on State Highway 75. Emergency responders were tending to the injured.
The sheriff’s office diverted traffic through Valley Club Drive and opened one southbound lane. By 11:40 a.m., one lane for north- and southbound traffic was opened with intermittent delays.
KMVT will update this story with more information when it becomes available.