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JEROME — A Jerome woman was injured Monday night in a two-vehicle crash.

Idaho State Police investigated at 6:46 p.m. on Highway 25 in Jerome.

Natasha Southwick, 39, was traveling west in a 2007 Toyota Tacoma, ISP said in a statement. Charles Mitani, 61, of Jerome, was driving a 2005 Ford Taurus east on East 100 South and stopped at the stop sign.

Mitani pulled out in front of Southwick, the ISP said. Southwick struck the rear of Mitani’s vehicle, and lost control of her vehicle and it rolled. She was thrown from the car.

Southwick wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Southwick was listed in “serious” condition Tuesday morning. Saint Alphonsus’ website includes this description of the condition: “Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.”

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Mitani was wearing a seat belt and wasn’t injured.

Highway 25 was blocked for about 1 1/2 hours. The westbound lane remained blocked for another hour while crews worked to clear the crash.

ISP was assisted by the Jerome County Sheriff’s Office, Magic Valley Paramedics and Jerome Rural Fire. ISP is leading the investigation.


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