Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rigging Truck Blocks US26 Near Shoshone

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Region 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: 05-17-2011 6:30 pm

Contact: Trooper B. Comorosky

On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 1:30 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a crash involving a large heavy duty industrial rigging truck owned by Southwest Industrial Rigging. The truck, known as a "Million Pound Truck," was transporting a transformer eastbound on US 26 at the 165 mile marker near Shoshone. While still moving, a mechanical failure occurred, causing the trailer to brake away from the tractor. The load fell to the ground, severely damaging the roadway. Idaho Transportation Department is on scene and evaluating the road conditions. The road is blocked on US 26 at mile marker 154, just west of the Gooding/Lincoln County line to mile marker 165 in Shoshone. ITD has advised the road could be blocked for 5 or more hours. Motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate routes.
The crash is under investigation by Trooper B. Comorosky, with assistance from Cpl. K Winn, Trooper S. Smith, Lincoln County and the Idaho Transportation Department.