Crea injured in hunting accident
On December 25, 2009 at 12:38 p.m., The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a report of a subject that had been severely injured in a hunting accident.
Deputy Mike Brewster and the Syringa Ambulance responded to the scene near Hwy 7 and Bryant Road. 46 year-old Shawn Crea of Bellevue, Idaho had been bird hunting with some companions when he fired his Model 11 Remington Shotgun. The gun exploded, severely injuring his left hand.
None of Crea’s companions were in the immediate vicinity, fortunately his cries were heard by nearby hunters Andy Terhaar and Greg Adams who called 9-1-1 for assistance.
Terhaar transported Crea to the roadway to meet Syringa Hospital’s ambulance, which transported him to St. Mary’s hospital. Crea was subsequently taken to Lewiston and then transferred to Spokane for further treatment.
Investigation into the cause of the explosion continues however, initial information indicates an improperly hand loaded shell may have been the cause.