Emergency crews work to free crash victim
ST. IGNATIUS – Emergency personnel used the Jaws of Life to free a female victim involved in a life threatening crash on U.S. Highway 93 at 7 a.m. on Monday. The incident occurred near mile marker 35 just before the sun started to rise. Only one person was involved in the crash. Highway Patrol Trooper Tony Isbell is not releasing the victim’s name at this time while he conducts an investigation. He did say the female victim sustained life threatening injuries and an emergency helicopter was called. Trooper Isbell said the victim was traveling south bound when she went off the road and hit a fence. He doesn’t believe anything was obstructing the road before the crash. After hitting the fence, one of the posts went through the window of the Subaru station wagon. The car sideswiped a row of hay bales covered in white plastic before hitting an electric pole and catching fire. Lake County Sherriff Don Bell called for mutual aid to respond to the crash. Ronan and St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Departments put out the fire and worked for 50 minutes with the Jaws of Life to free the victim. Ambulance crews were on the scene along with Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police, the Sheriff ’s Department, and the Highway Patrol.