Friday, January 27, 2017

*Final Update* Highway 55 near Banks has re-opened

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE - generated by our News Release ListServer

District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 846-7550
Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 1/27/17 - 8:00 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

****Final Update

On Friday, January 27, 2017, at approximately 7:16 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle crash southbound on State Highway 55 at milepost 76, near Lower Banks.
Ian Laboucane, 50, of Washington Terrace, UT, was traveling southbound in a 2014 Freightliner with an empty trailer. Laboucane dropped his cell phone, bent down to pick it up, and drove off the left shoulder of the road.

Laboucane was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. The southbound lane was blocked for approximately 5 hours while crews worked to remove the semi-truck. This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

***End of Update***



Crews have cleared the scene and both lanes of Highway 55 have been reopened to traffic.


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The northbound lane is now open, the southbound lane is still blocked at this time.



The Idaho State Police is currently investigating a commercial vehicle crash on Highway 55 at milepost 76, just south of Banks. A tow truck is on scene of the crash, but will need approximately 2 hours to remove the vehicle. To safely conduct the removal operation, Idaho State Police, with the assistance of the Idaho Department of Transportation, have blocked traffic in both the north and southbound lanes.

This road blockage is expected to remain in place until 12:00 or 1:00 p.m. today. The Idaho State Police suggests motorists avoid traveling through this area, if at all possible, until this afternoon.

Updates to this release will be provided. Current highway conditions, as well as highway closures and blockages, can always be accessed by dialing 5-1-1 on your telephone, or visiting