Thursday, February 24, 2011

Two vehicle crash near Ririe, involving an ITD snow plow

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Idaho State Police
Region 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294

For Immediate Release: 02/24/2011 at 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Corporal K. Barnes

On February 24, 2011, at approximately 08:05 am, the Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle crash on US 26 at milepost 346, near Ririe, ID. This section of roadway has two lanes of traffic in both directions.

Craig A. Murdock, 46, of Terreton, ID was traveling eastbound in a 2003 Peterbilt semi pulling a trailer. Murdock attempted to pass an Idaho Transportation Department snow plow, which was also eastbound, plowing in the left lane. The 2005 Mack snow plow was driven by Michael O. Harvey, 50, of Rigby, ID.

While attempting to pass, Murdock struck the right side of the plow's blade causing both vehicles to go off the north side of the roadway into a field. Both drivers were not injured.

This crash is still under investigation by Cpl. K. Barnes who was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Elverud and Commercial Vehicle Specialist Williams.