3 injured in Page County crash


December 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Page County say three people were injured, with one being seriously hurt, during a crash Thursday evening, north of Clarinda. The accident happened at around 6:30-p.m. on 140th Street, just east of J Avenue. Officials say a 1997 Ford Explorer was broken down on the very narrow shoulder of the road and was being jump started by a 2002 Chevy pickup that was parked nose-to-nose with the Explorer.

As a 2001 Hyundai Accent driven by 52-year old Clarence Holste, of Bridgewater, topped the hill, he was blinded by one headlight of pickup, which was also partially on the roadway. Holste wasn’t sure which way to go, so he swerved onto his own shoulder and ended-up hitting the rear of the Explorer. The impact shoved the SUV into the pickup.

Holste suffered non-incapacitating injuries, and was transported to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, by Shenandoah EMS. The driver of the Explorer, 62-year old Sharon Montross, of Clarinda, suffered possible injuries, and was transported by Clarinda EMS to the Clarinda Regional Health Care Center. A front seat passenger in the Explorer, 36-year old Heidi Montross, of Clarinda, was seriously injured and flown by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton University Hospital, in Omaha. A report on her condition is not available. No citations have been issued. The Holste vehicle was totalled in the crash, while damage to the Explorer and pickup totaled a little over $5,600.