Hospital staff told an Idaho State Police trooper that a 5-year-old injured in a Saturday crash is in critical condition, an ISP dispatcher said Sunday.
The child and a 26-year-old Nampa man were both hurt after a salt block fell off of a pickup truck and bounced through their 1998 Dodge Ram, ISP previously said.
Donald Moala, 26, sitting in the Ram’s front passenger seat, was taken to Valor Health in Emmett. An update on his condition was not immediately available Sunday.
The 5-year-old, who was sitting in a back seat of the Ram, was also initially taken to the Emmett hospital, but was later flown to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise and moved from there to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, according to ISP.
Here’s what state police say happened in the crash about 13 miles north of Emmett on Idaho 52:
ISP was called to the scene at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. According to the agency, a northbound 2007 Chevrolet Silverado carrying two pallets of salt blocks was traversing a curve on the highway when the shrink wrap on one pallet loosened.
Multiple salt blocks fell off of the pickup. According to ISP, one of those blocks went through the passenger-side windshield of the Dodge Ram, which was headed south on the highway. It hit Moala in the left shoulder, then bounced into the back seat, struck the 5-year-old in the head and went through the back window.
The highway was blocked for about 2 1/2 hours. All involved wore seat belts, ISP said, including 66-year-old Ronald Morgenthaler of Weiser, the driver of the Silverado.
The crash remains under investigation.