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Two Semi Trucks Collide, Explode In Flames, Block Freeway For Several Hours

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By Paul Johnson

Blackfoot, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - Northbound Interstate 15 near Blackfoot was closed for several hours this morning after a semi collided with another semi who had pulled over in the emergency lane because of a flat tire. The collision caused the truck to erupt in flames. Idaho State police say the accident happened at 1:50am and it blocked the northbound lanes of I-15 near milepost 93.
George Riedel, 57, of Quebec, pulled his Wabash tractor trailer over at milepost 93 on the shoulder to check a flat tire. While he was in the semi calling for help, Peter Spicer, 55, of Pocatello, who was traveling northbound in a semi pulling doubles, rear ended Riedel. Spicer's semi then tipped over onto the side of the road and both semis caught fire. Spicer was transported by ambulance to Bingham Memorial Hospital. Traffic was rerouted at milepost 89 and the interstate was shut down at milepost 93 for several hours while the fire was extinguished and the debris was cleared.

The Idaho State Police was assisted at the scene by Bingham County Deputies, Fire, EMS Personnel and ITD. The crash is still under investigation.


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