Juvenile airlifted to hospital after crash involving missing stop sign


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JEFFERSON COUNTY — Idaho State Police are investigating a two-vehicle injury crash that occured at the intersection of 1900 East and Idaho Highway 33 in Jefferson County.

The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. Friday.

Police reports show Caleb Owens, 18, of Terreton, was driving southbound on 1900 East in a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. Owens approached the intersection that is normally marked with a stop sign.

The stop sign was missing and Owens failed to yield to oncoming traffic. No information was available about why the stop sign was missing.

Owens’s vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a 2011 Chevy Cruze, driven by Karen Vanwagner, 53, of Hamer, traveling eastbound on ID-33.

A juvenile passenger in Owens’s vehicle was transported by air ambulance to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Owens and Vanwagner, along with a juvenile passenger in the Chevrolet Cruze, were taken by ground ambulance to the same hospital.

Seat belts were worn by all occupants.