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PABLO — At 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal police and the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle collision that occurred just south of Pablo on U.S. Highway 93. 

According toTribal Police Chief Craige Couture, Barbara Musser hit a patch of ice and could not stop at the intersection of Old Highway 93 and U.S. Highway 93. She skidded into the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 93, hitting a vehicle. The vehicle was thrown into the median and was facing westward at the time of the arrival of emergency response crews. 

Couture noted that alcohol was a factor in the incident and Musser was give a sobriety test and brought to the Lake County Courthouse immediately following the wreck. 

The man in the vehicle traveling south bound on U.S. Highway 93 sustained injuries to his neck and back and was extricated from the vehicle by the Jaws of Life Rescue Vehicle. 

The man was not wearing his seatbelt, and was thrown from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s seat at the time of collision, Ronan Fire Chief Mark Clary said. 

According to Couture, the man was transported by ambulance to St. Luke Community Health Care, where he received a Computerized Tomography scan and was treated for his injuries. 

Clary noted that because of the design of the highway, the specific area is the worst spot for vehicle collisions.

This wreck was the first time the Ronan Fire Department had the opportunity to utilize their brand new Jaws of Life rescue vehicle. Clary was impressed with the capabilities of the new rescue vehicle.

“It’s a lot more user friendly than what we had before,” Clary noted. “It handled flawlessly.”

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