Thursday, June 1, 2017

Fatal Crash SH53 @ 12.8, Knudson St, east of Rathdrum, ID

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District 1 Patrol 615 West Wilbur Ave. Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
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For Immediate Release: June 1st, 2017 2:00 AM
Please direct questions to the District Office

On May 31st, 2017, at approximately 9:08 pm, a fatality crash occurred on state highway 53 at milepost 12.8, Knudson St, east of Rathdrum, ID. A silver 2003 Infiniti 4D, driven by an unidentified male, was traveling eastbound when it crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. A white 2017 International Prostar semi with box trailer, driven by Greg J Johnson (55 years old of Grassy Lake, AB Canada), was westbound when the Infiniti collided with the semi head on. There was a parked unoccupied 2007 Volvo flatbed semi that was struck as a result of the collision. The Infiniti was engulfed in flames upon impact with the International Prostar semi. The unidentified male was pronounced deceased at the scene. English Funeral Home of Post Falls recovered the body. The semi driver, Johnson, was taken to Kootenai Health. Johnson was wearing a seatbelt. It is unknown if the unidentified male was wearing a seatbelt. The roadway was blocked for 4 hours during the crash investigation and will remain blocked as the vehicles are being recovered by the tow companies. The Infiniti and the Volvo flatbed semi were recovered by Superior Towing and the International Prostar semi was recovered by Schaffers Towing. Kootenai County Sheriff, Rathdrum Police, and the Idaho Transportation Department assisted on scene. The identity of the male is pending further investigation.