This is a 1997
Ford Ranger operated by
April Albright of Lewiston.
It was involved in a collision near milepost 45 on U.S. Highway
12. The vehicle was struck on the driverís side, taking the door off
and leaving it several feet down the highway.
Calamity Friday in ClearwaterCounty
A series of traffic crashes
and a vehicle fire kept Clearwater County Fire,
and Sheriff's Deputies hopping during the afternoon of July 9.
The series of calls began at
dispatch received a report of a truck on fire. The truck registered to
Alan Kalb-fleisch of Kuna, was located at about mile post eight on Hwy. 11.
The fire was extinguished by Weippe Fire personnel, and the scene was cleared
about an hour after the call was received.
The next incident was a
single vehicle crash which sent Weippe resident, Chuck Mendenhall, to the
hospital at about
Preliminary investigation indicates Mendenhall lost control of his vehicle in
the area of Durant's
struck a tree, and came to rest on a guide wire of a utility pole. Speed
is believed to be a factor.
Chief Deputy Rick Miller was
requested to respond to a one vehicle slide off on
Canyon Creek Road
Orofino resident, James Bentle, was driving a 1979 Ford near the bottom of
Canyon Creek Road.
No further details of this crash are available at this time.
Next, a two vehicle crash
involving Rubens resident Steve Adams and Bruce Jones of Orofino, was called in
was turning east on Hwy. 7 from
after a day of fishing on Dworshak Reservoir. He had not quite completed
his turn when the boat he was towing was struck by Jones. No one was hurt,
however, both Jones's vehicle and
boat were damaged as a result of the crash. The crash is still under
investigation, and Clearwater County Sheriff's Office is asking any witnesses to
contact Sgt. Anne Kelleher at
Both parties describe at least two other vehicles in the area at the time of the
crash: a red Clearwater Homes pilot car, and possibly another red car.
Finally, three people were
after a two vehicle crash on Hwy. 12 near mile post 45 at about
Traveling west bound,
David Mittendorf drove his 1998 Dodge truck across the centerline striking a
1997 Ford Ranger, driven by April Albright, also of
Albright was traveling east
on Hwy. 12 with a 17 year old female seated in the front passenger seat and 46
year old Jeffery Lyons seated in the box of the truck when the crash occurred.
Albright's vehicle overturned, ejecting
Albright and her passenger were both wearing seatbelts.
was transferred to
while Albright and her passenger were treated at
Albright was admitted for observation, while her passenger was treated and
Mittendorf suffered only
minor injuries and was not transported. He too was wearing a seatbelt at
the time of the crash. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.