Medical issue causes car crash in Lewiston | News
A medical issue is believed to be the cause of a two-vehicle collision this morning in Lewiston on Thain Grade near the entrance to Shopko.
According to the Lewiston Police Department, 65-year-old Richard Hansen of Lewiston was traveling northbound in a 2002 Ford Ranger when he drifted across the double yellow lines and into the southbound lanes at about 9:43 a.m. He then struck a 2001 Ford pickup driven by 47-year-old Kenneth Martin of Lewiston. Martin had just pulled out of the Shopko parking lot.
"The driver's side front wheel was completely sheared off of the Ford Ranger when it struck the driver's side rear panel of the 2001 Ford Truck. The Ford Ranger then continued Southbound on it's three wheels for approximately 200 feet before coming to a stop near the entrance to Shopko," according to a press release.
Hansen was treated by medical personnel at the scene and transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition. Martin was uninjured in the collision.
"It appears that Mr. Hansen may have had a medical issue that contributed to the accident. At this time, drugs and alcohol are not considered factors in the collision," the press release states.
The Lewiston Police Major Collision Investigation Team (MCIT) was called out to investigate the collision. Southbound Thain Grade was closed for approximately two hours during the investigation.