A 79-year-old Kelly woman was seriously injured in a car wreck while driving her pickup down an icy road. Justine Bruteig was driving south through the Hoback Canyon Thursday morning when she ran into a patch of slick ice, lost control and ended up in the Hoback River.
The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that Bruteig is in critical condition and is being treated in the intensive care unit at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Kevin Huelsmann with the Jackson paper reported that Bruteig suffered a compound fracture in her leg and numerous other injuries – complications from rolling her pickup down the canyon's steep embankment.
After another driver witnessed the accident, a trooper with the Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to the scene, along with Fire/EMS Chief Willy Watsabaugh. Both men dove into the river, retrieving the injured woman from the partially submerged vehicle.
Troopers are advising drivers to slow down and avoid tailgating other drivers – as well as maintaining proper equipment for traveling on icy or snowy roads.
Read Huelsmann's report here for more information on the wreck.