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Winter weather causes crashes across southeast Idaho

A winter snowstorm caused several injury accidents across southeast Idaho late Thursday.

One person was hospitalized at around 4 p.m. Thursday after a single car rollover on northbound US 20 at mile post 332. According to police, the driver attempted to pass another car and lost control over the vehicle, crossed over both lanes and rolled three times.

The driver, who was not identified, was trapped with his arm pinned under the vehicle. Passing motorists helped roll the vehicle enough to free the driver’s arm. A Rexburg-Madison ambulance helped extricate the driver and transport him to Madison Memorial Hospital.

During investigation of the crash, police used a drug dog to find drug paraphernalia. The driver was issued a misdemeanor for possession of paraphernalia and careless driving.

Winter weather caused a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 33 at milepost 139.8, near Driggs at 5:03 p.m. Thursday. Idaho State Police said Val Casper, 67, of Driggs, was southbound in a 2001 Dodge Ram Laramie pickup. A 1998 Vokswagen Paassat was northbound at the same location.

According to reports, Casper lost control of his pickup on snow covered roads, crossed into the northbound lane and collided with the Passat. The driver of the second car has not been verified.

Both drivers were transported to Teton Valley Hospital in Driggs.

The crash blocked both lanes of Highway 33 for approximately two hours.

One man was hospitalized after a car crashed into his vehicle from behind on Interstate 15.

Idaho State Police said the crash happened near milepost 79, just south of the Fort Hall exit, at around 5:45 p.m. Thursday. According to reports, Martin Carreno Patino, 22, of Idaho Falls was driving southbound in a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. Ahmad Mohammad, 20, of Pocatello was ahead of Patino, but driving at a slower rate of speed.

Investigators said Patino did not slow sufficiently to avoid driving into the rear of Mohammad’s vehicle.

Mohammad was transported to Portneuf Medical Center.

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