July 8, 1997 in City

Youth Hurt In Crash Near Newport

From Staff And Wire Reports

An Idaho teen remained in critical condition late Monday after the pickup truck he was driving hit a tractor-trailer earlier that morning.

Jesse Eller, 16, of Kamiah, Idaho, remained at Deaconess Medical Center with a broken arm, leg and internal injuries.

Eller was southbound on U.S. Highway 2 eight miles south of Newport at about 5:30 a.m. when he crossed the center line, hitting a semitruck driven by Matthew Decker, 36, of Spokane, the Washington State Patrol said. Decker was not injured.

A passenger in Eller’s vehicle, Brandon Shove, 17, of Rathdrum, Idaho, suffered a broken ankle.

Traffic along Highway 2 had to be rerouted for several hours. No tickets were issued at the scene.

, DataTimes

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