Air ambulance dispatched to wreck

A motorist was airlifted to the hospital via emergency helicopter Friday night after a one-vehicle wreck on Interstate 15 south of the Downey exit. 

DOWNEY — A motorist airlifted to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello is in critical condition after a one-vehicle wreck Friday about 8:15 p.m. on Interstate 15 south of the Downey exit, according to authorities.

Frederick Andrews, 19, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was driving north on I-15 in a 1998 Buick LeSabre when he drove off the road, overcorrected, and rolled through the median, coming to rest on the southbound side of the interstate, according to Idaho State Police.

Andrews, who was wearing a seat belt, had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency responders.

Andrews was then taken by Downey Ambulance to the parking lot of a church in nearby Virginia. A medical helicopter landed in the parking lot around 9:30 p.m. Friday and picked him up.

After arriving at PMC, he was admitted to critical care, according to a hospital spokesperson. As of Saturday night, he was still listed in critical condition.

The Bannock County Sheriff's Office said a second crash involving two vehicles occurred on Interstate 15 southbound in the same area as the rollover wreck shortly after it was reported.

The Sheriff's Office said this second wreck was a rear-end collision and could have been a case of motorists looking at the crash scene of the rollover and not paying attention to other vehicles on the road. No one was injured in the second crash.

The southbound lanes of travel were reduced to one lane for about two and a half hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

Bannock County Search and Rescue also responded to the wreck.

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