Treacherous driving conditions defined much of the long holiday weekend
for tens of thousands of Idaho motorists, and the latest round of bad accidents resulted in two hospitalizations in the Magic Valley—one of a man who slammed into a snowplow and a Twin Falls County Sheriff's deputies who was struck by another vehicle.
Idaho State Police report that 28-year-old Justin Blau of Twin Falls was taken by ambulance to Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a snowplow in the median of Interstate 84 near the Cotterel Port of Entry.
ISP also report that a TFCSO deputy was injured when his patrol vehicle was struck by a car traveling north on U.S. Highway 93 near Twin Falls Sunday night. 35-year-old Twin Falls County Sheriff's deputy Stanton Wiggins of Filer was taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional Medical Center. ISP closed U.S. 93 for nearly six hours Sunday evening while investigating the crash.
Meanwhile, in the Treasure Valley, police are looking for the public's help in their investigation of a Dec. 27 accident in Garden City that sent a woman to the hospital.
Garden City Police say they have identified the driver of a vehicle that made a right turn from Chinden Boulevard to Curtis Road and reportedly struck a female pedestrian. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. But police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to assist their investigation by calling Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.