FIERY CRASH INVOLVING SEMIS SHUTS DOWN SOUTHEAST IDAHO INTERSTATE
AMERICAN FALLS — Two semis collided on Interstate 86 here on Thursday afternoon in a fiery crash that shut down the freeway for about three hours.
The crash occurred around 12:50 p.m. and involved a semi hauling hay and a semi hauling milk both traveling westbound on the interstate, according to the Power County Sheriff’s Office.
There were no injuries but the collision caused the semi hauling milk to catch fire. Authorities said the truck was completely destroyed by the flames, which also ignited some of the hay from the other semi.
Power County firefighters extinguished the fire.
The wreck resulted in a four-mile section of Interstate 86 being shut down for about three hours. Sheriff’s deputies and state police diverted traffic through American Falls until the interstate was reopened.
The Sheriff’s Office said the driver of the semi hauling milk was cited for misdemeanor inattentive and careless driving following the crash.
The Sheriff’s Office has not yet released the names of those involved in the wreck.
Also responding to the crash were Power County Emergency Medical Services and Idaho Transportation Department personnel.