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UPDATE INFORMATION: Fatal Crash In Minidoka County
UPDATE: 1:30 PM - Name of the victim released.
Photo's Courtesy of the Idaho Transportation Department
Minidoka County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - There has been a fatal crash in Minidoka county this Friday Morning. According to the Idaho State Police the crash scene is along Interstate 84 near milepost 205.5 at the 850 Road overpass. Police say the truck struck the eastern most pier of the overpass. The accident happened around 5:14 am. Authorities have identified the driver of the truck as Harold Gow, 50 of Missoula, Montana. He was westbound in a 2010 Kenworth Semi Tractor pulling a trailer. Authorities say Gow drifted off the road and into the median striking the guard rail and then the overpass. Gow succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.
The westbound lanes of traffic are currently blocked. It’s expected to be re-opened around 5pm. Traffic is being detoured off of exit 208 through Paul, and back on the interstate at interchange 201. Eastbound traffic remains open and is flowing but according to ITD officials, that will change sometime today when they remove the truck which struck one of the three piers that support the overpass. A structural engineer from Boise is inspecting the bridge today. Officials say the pier suffered serious damage.
Meanwhile the 850 road in Minidoka county has been closed due to the accident. The overpass was closed in 2012 after a crash damaged two girders on the bridge. The state replaced the girders in October 2012.
According to Nathan Jerke with the Idaho Transportation Department the westbound traffic will continued to be detoured throughout the day while eastbound traffic will be detoured and/or slowed as engineers inspect the bridge structure. The 850 overpass will remain closed for an undetermined length of time.