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UPDATE: Power Restored After Semi Accident

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By Paul Johnson
By Alexa Tieu

UPDATE ( 9:26 PM ) - Power is fully restored in Murtaugh after a semi–truck accident involving power lines.

Idaho Power crews were able to restore power just after 7 Wednesday evening.

Power was out for just over eight hours.


UPDATE 3:30 PM - From the Idaho State Police: On Wednesday, July 3, 2013, the Idaho State Police investigated a one vehicle injury crash on US 30 just south of Murtaugh. Ludell Reese, 38 years old from Utah, was driving a tanker truck loaded with milk west on US 30 at the 240 mile marker. Reese went off the right shoulder of the road and lost control of the trailer. The trailer rolled, pulling the truck with it going through three power poles before coming to rest on its top against the third pole. Several power lines came down around the area as well as on the truck. Reese was transported to Portneuf Medical in Pocatello, by air ambulance. US 30 has been closed in both directions since 10:30 this morning. It will remain closed for several more hours, while Idaho Power works on replacing the power poles and getting the power lines back up. The crash is still under investigation.

UPDATE: 1:20PM Authorities are now saying that they have extracted the driver who was transported for medical assistance by Air St. Luke's. Idaho power said that service still has not been restored due to the fact that the pole was a junction location. Repairs continue.

The truck, hauling milk, leaked about 65 to 60 pounds of milk. Police are now saying the driver lost control of the truck. The Idaho State Police, Twin Falls county Sheriff Deputies, Rock Creek Fire, Air St. Lukes, Idaho power and paramedics all assisted with the crash.

UPDATE: Photos from the scene have been added to this story.

Murtaugh, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - U.S. Highway 30 at 4775 East near Murtaugh is closed by an overturned Semi Truck. According to police, the accident happened at 10:38 am. The truck damaged three Idaho Power poles, causing lines to fall. The power company said 113 customers are without power in the area. Both the East and West bound lanes are blocked. The driver of the semi was trapped inside the cab of the truck. Rescue crews are also dealing with a significant amount of fuel that has spilled from the truck. It's reported that the truck was loaded with milk or a milk product. It’s not known the extent of the injures to the driver of the semi but scanner traffic indicates that the lifeflight has been requested.
Idaho’s first news will bring you more as it becomes available as we follow this developing story.


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