Five children and two adults were hospitalized in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of US 20 and Highway 47 on Monday evening. The US 20 accident occurred in Ashton, Idaho at approximately 8:02 p.m.
According to Idaho State Police, driver Darin Jordan, 43, of Idaho Falls, was driving west on Highway 47 in a 2002 Toyota Camry. Layne Polatis, 46, of Blackfoot, was driving eastbound in a 2005 Ford Excursion, pulling a large trailer with a boat on it. Jack Hendren, 58, of Rexburg, was heading west on US 20 in a 2000 Ford Focus.
Initiating the US 20 accident, Jordan pulled up to the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 47 and US 20 and completely ran right through it. He crashed his vehicle into the boat trailer, which dislodged the boat and the boat landed on the Ford Focus. The Excursion was jolted and forced on to its top. The Focus came to rest on its side.
Polatis was rushed by ground transportation to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) in Idaho Falls. Two juvenile passengers of the five that were in the Excursion were transported by air ambulance to EIRMC. The three other juvenile passengers were taken by ground transportation to Madison Memorial in Rexburg. They were eventually taken to EIRMC by ground ambulance.
Jordan was also taken to Madison Memorial by ground ambulance.
According to Idaho State Police, both lanes of US 20 were blocked for three hours.
The US 20 accident is still being investigation by local accident officials.
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