Idaho State Police
District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294
For Immediate Release: 02/04/2013 5:10 pm
Please direct questions to the District Office
On February 4, 2013, at approximately 3:26 am, The Idaho State Police investigated a crash on US Highway 20 near milepost 326,approximately 4 miles east of Rigby, Idaho.
Nicholas Romo, 30, of Idaho Falls, was eastbound in a 2001 International flatbed tow truck. Richard Rumley, 50, of Palatka, FL, was eastbound in a 2013 Freightliner semi truck. Rumley passed Romo driving too fast on icy road conditions and lost control of his vehicle causing it to jackknife on the Snake River Lorenzo bridge. Romo was unable to stop and struck the cab of Rumley's semi. Rumley's trailer separated from his cab. The cab went through the guard rail and the trailer came to a stop in the left lane. Todd Russell, 56, of Roundup, MT, was eastbound in a 2010 Kenworth semi and struck Rumley's trailer that ended up blocking both lanes of travel.
Rumley and his passenger, Patrick Melvin, 41, of Palatka, FL, were transported by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
Kevin Walters, 18, of Twentynine Palms, CA, was a passenger riding with Romo and he was taken by ground ambulance to Madison Memorial along with Russell.
Idaho State Police was assisted on scene by Jefferson County Sheriff, Madison County Sheriff, Idaho Transportation Department, and the Roving Port of Entry.
Both eastbound lanes were blocked for approximately 12 hours while crews worked to clear the scene. Both lanes are now open.
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The east bound lanes of travel are still closed while crews work to clear the scene. There is no current time frame for the lanes to be open. An update will be released when the lanes are opened.
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Idaho State Police is investigating a three vehicle crash eastbound US20 near milepost 326, near Rexburg. The eastbound lanes are currently blocked
due to the crash. Traffic is being diverted at milepost 325 onto the Menan Lorenzo Highway.