IDAHO FALLS — A 64-year-old East Idaho woman was taken to the hospital after a five-vehicle crash on Friday in Idaho Falls that involved an Idaho Falls police car, according to a news release from Idaho State Police.
The chain-reaction wreck happened at the intersection of Woodruff Avenue and 12th Street at 1:55 p.m.
The crash was set in motion when Sherry Boettcher of Idaho Falls was driving a 2016 Ford Focus south on Woodruff Avenue in Idaho Falls. Boettcher tried to turn left onto 12th Street and collided with a police car driven by officer Kevin Goms of the Idaho Falls Police Department, state police said.
Goms was driving a marked 2012 Dodge Charger police car north on Woodruff Avenue. He entered the intersection of 12th Street with a green light, state police said.
Then due to the impact from the crash, Goms' police car collided with two other vehicles that were stopped at the red light on westbound 12th Street.
One of those vehicles was a 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan driven by 62-year-old Jody Clements of Shelley. The other was a 2007 Toyota Sienna driven by 29-year-old Leandra Snyder of Idaho Falls.
Snyder's vehicle was pushed backward by the impact and collided with a 1998 Buick Electra that was driven by 78-year-old Nick Day of Idaho Falls.
After the accident, Boettcher was taken by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. She was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
All of the occupants of the vehicles involved in the crash were wearing seat belts, according to state police.