Crash injures ITD snowplow operator,
claims driver of private vehicle
For the second time in less than a week an ITD snowplow driver was slightly injured while clearing Idaho highways of snow and ice in District 6. In contrast to the earlier crash, however, Monday’s collision resulted in two fatalities.
The driver of a passenger vehicle died when the car hit the front end of an ITD snowplow on U.S. 93. A passenger in the vehicle was transported to a local hospital and later flown to Boise with critical injuries.
The crash occurred at about 7:30 p.m. seven miles west of the Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Emergency responders had to remove the roof of the car to extricate the two occupants after the passenger side of the car wedged into the blade of the snowplow truck. The driver died at the scene. The passenger was transported to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center near Ketchum and later flown to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise where he passed away.
ITD maintenance worker Howard Morris of Arco, received minor injuries; he was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released.
Morris was plowing the highway and applying sand during a light snowfall. He was driving about 20 miles per hour, according to reports.
Witnesses indicated Morris tried to steer off the shoulder of the highway in an attempt to avoid the car that was sliding out of control. Officers from the Idaho State Police and Butte County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Blaine County, investigated the crash.
The passenger vehicle was totaled in the crash and ITD’s truck sustained damage to the snowplow blade.