UPDATE: Fuel Leaked Onto Interstate Following Crash


By KMVT News

Near Hammett, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Interstate 84 was shut down for nearly two hours last night following a two–vehicle crash. Idaho State Police say Paul resident Rex Hill was driving westbound in a semi-truck pulling a trailer. A pilot car driven by 55-year old Thomas Stewart from Boerne, TX was in front of Hill. Hill did not see the pilot car driving slowly and struck it from behind. The impact sent the pilot car off the shoulder of the roadway, causing it to flip. The crash ruptured the fuel tank on Hill's semi, spilling diesel fuel onto the interstate. No one was seriously injured in the wreck. Hill was cited for careless driving.

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From the Idaho State Police:Lanes of travel are clear following the crash, westbound I84 at milepost 105.5. Thomas Stewart, age 55, of Boerne, Texas, was driving the rear pilot car for an oversized load. The pilot car was equipped with rotating emergency lights, flags, and an oversized load sign. Rex Hill, age 66, of Paul, Idaho, was driving west on I84 at milepost 125, in a 2002 commercial vehicle pulling a Trinity trailer. Hill failed to notice Stewart's pilot vehicle driving slowly, and struck Stewart from behind, causing Stewart's vehicle to go off the north shoulder of the roadway and overturn. The fuel tank on Hill's vehicle ruptured, spilling diesel fuel for approximately 150 feet. Hill's vehicle jackknifed in the median where the remaining fuel continued to spill. Interstate 84 was closed for approximately one hour and forty minutes. Hill and Stewart were treated at the scene of the crash and released. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

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