Moose in road sets off chain of crashes in S. Idaho

AMERICAN FALLS -- Two men were taken to the hospital after a series of crashes involving a moose on the highway Monday morning.

The incident happened at 6:30 a.m. on I-86 near the Rainbow Road overpass.

Idaho State Police say 54-year-old Kim Sortor of Pocatello was headed west when she crashed into the moose in the roadway. A second car traveling behind Sortor's vehicle was forced to swerve to avoid the animal, and slid off the highway.

Police say that car, driven by 41-year-old Jaime Velasco of Cedar City, Utah, went into the median, rolled and hit the concrete pillar of the Rainbow Road overpass.

A third westbound car, driven by 20-year-old Lashae Hamilton of Springfield, hit the moose's body and went off the right shoulder of the road.

Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt, according to police. Velasco and his passenger, 38-year-old Jesus Felix of Cedar City, Utah, were taken to the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello by ambulance. Both Sortor and Hamilton were unhurt.

The moose did not survive.

The wrecks blocked westbound I-86 for about an hour. Traffic was diverted around the area at the Rainbow Road exit.
 

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