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Accident proves fatal

A 26-year-old Idaho Falls man was identified as the victim of a fatal crash Saturday on Interstate 90.

Terry Allen Thomson was traveling east on the freeway about one mile west of the Wye when the 1991 Geo Metro he was driving drifted into the median, crossed the westbound lanes and traveled some 600 feet before striking an end post of a guardrail, according to Officer Roman Zylawy of the Montana Highway Patrol.

Thomson was killed on impact.

Two other wrecks during the weekend sent a Thompson Falls woman and three Seeley Lake area teen-agers to St. Patrick Hospital.

Shelley Rae Janes initially was taken by ambulance to Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains then flown to St. Pat's by the Life Flight helicopter after she was pinned under her 1994 Ford pickup which rolled on Highway 135 near Quinn's Hot Springs.

Passers-by freed her from under the vehicle before medical assistance arrived. The two-lane road was blocked for about two hours, according to Lt. Paul Grimstad of the Montana Highway Patrol.

Janes was in fair condition at St. Pat's on Monday.

Beth Copenhaver, 16, Cobra Lee Ruth, 16, and Mary Yiengst, 15, were injured Saturday after a Chevrolet S-10 Crew Cab pickup, driven by Copenhaver, struck a tree near the intersection of Big Sky Lake and Woodworth Road east of Salmon Lake.

Grimstad said the truck, driven by Copenhaver, was westbound on Woodworth Road and slid off a muddy corner and hit the tree, Grimstad said.

The occupants were not wearing seat belts, he said.

Ruth was listed in fair condition at St Pat's on Monday. Copenhaver and Yiengst were not hospitalized.

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