Idaho State Controller Donna Jones was listed in critical condition at St. Alphonsus Medical Center today, after being flown there with injuries from a car crash on I-84 near Heyburn. The Idaho State Police reported today Jones was involved in a one-vehicle rollover about 12:55 p.m. Jones, 73, was traveling westbound on the freeway, when her Cadillac Escalade went off the side of the road; she overcorrected and the vehicle rolled. She was wearing a seatbelt.
She was first taken by ground ambulance to Minidoka Memorial Hospital in Rupert, then flown to St. Al's, where she arrived in critical condition; at 7 p.m., she was in the intensive care unit and still listed in critical condition.
Jones' Chief of Staff Brandon Woolf told the Associated Press that the 73-year-old state elected official was on a personal trip and returning from eastern Idaho when the crash occurred. She was elected state controller in 2006, and before that the Payette native served 12 years in the Idaho House of Representatives. The crash is under investigation by the ISP.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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