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10 injured, 1 killed in recent wrecks

August 21, 2018

Area law enforcement officers responded to multiple injury crashes over the weekend, including one that resulted in a fatality.

Idaho State Police say a 43-year-old Buhl man died following a motorcycle crash in Jerome County on Sunday afternoon.

Vincent D. Gauthier was driving west on a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a curve and was ejected, police said. He was transported to the hospital, but succumbed to his injuries.

Six people were also injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 30 in Caribou County on Saturday.

Sheriff’s officials there say a deputy came upon the accident shortly before 9:30 p.m.

“Due to the serious nature of the crash, Emergency Medical Services and Fire for extrication were called to the scene,” a news release states.

Driver Don Jorgensen and his passenger, Gloria Jorgensen, both 65 and of Blackfoot, were transported to Caribou Memorial Hospital in Soda Springs following the crash. So was the other driver, Jadin Beck, 21, and passengers Brittley Eldredge, 22, Spencer Johnson, 23, and Rachel Williams, 18. All of those individuals are from Utah, according to Caribou County sheriff’s officials.

Hospital officials said Monday that all of the patients had since been released.

One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Yellowstone Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

The crash occurred around 1:25 p.m. in front of Smith’s supermarket and resulted in one of the drivers being transported via ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, Chubbuck police said.

Police said the crash occurred when one of the vehicles pulled out of the Smith’s parking lot onto Yellowstone Avenue and collided with the other vehicle.

Police said they would be citing one of the drivers for failure to yield for allegedly causing the crash.

The names of the drivers have not yet been released by Chubbuck police.

Three people were also injured in a rollover on Interstate 84 east of Burley on Saturday morning.

Idaho State Police say Brian D. Hart, 27, of Buckeye, Arizona, was heading east when he drove off the roadway. The vehicle then rolled into the median.

Hart was transported by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, police said. He was no longer at that hospital as of Monday.

Two passengers from West Valley, Utah, were also injured in the incident. Britney M. Irish, 27, was transported by air ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Thomas L. Hart, 39, was transported by ground ambulance to Cassia Regional Hospital in Burley. He was treated and released.

Efforts to obtain Irish’s current condition failed on Monday.