Monday, May 19, 2014

***Final Update*** Crash Knocks Down Power Pole, Blocks US30 near Montpelier

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Idaho State Police
District 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: 05/19/14 12:10 AM
Please direct questions to the District Office

Shortly after 10:00 AM this morning, May 19, 2014, the Idaho State Police responded to a property damage crash on US30 at milepost 434, in Montpelier. Fausto Trujillo, age 54 of Miami, FL was Eastbound on US30, turning onto Boise St., when his trailer struck a power pole. The power pole fell into a tree, and the connected wires pulled two other poles out of their bases. The other two poles did not fall to the ground. Several lines broke and were on the ground, and others were low. Due to the presence of low power lines, nearby Montpelier High School was evacuated for safety. Both eastbound and westbound traffic was completely blocked for about an hour until crews could open one lane in each direction. The remaining lanes will be blocked for several hours while repairs are completed, but traffic is flowing smoothly. Fausto was uninjured in the crash. No other injuries resulted.

At this time, one lane of each direction is open for traffic to flow on US30 west of Montpelier. More information will be relayed as it becomes available.


At this time, the Idaho State Police is investigating a crash in which a truck pulling a trailer struck a power pole, knocking the pole down across both eastbound and westbound lanes of travel on US30 near milepost 434, just west of Montpelier. US 30 is blocked in both directions. Rocky Mountain Power is also on the scene. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible.