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Vehicle Crash Causes Fatality and Fuel Spill on Highway 75 Near Challis

A 63 year-old woman from Clayton, Idaho was killed on November 1, 2016 when her 1999 Subaru crossed the centerline of Highway 75 and struck a 2010 Kenworth pulling trailers hauling 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The Kenworth rolled, rupturing the fuel tanks. The trailers were fully engulfed. The North Custer Fire Department was able to contain the diesel spill; however, the fire burned for nearly five hours and the highway was closed until it was safe for travel.

The woman was not wearing a seat belt and died at the crash scene. The truck driver who was wearing a seat belt was able to exit the Kenworth without any injuries. The crash is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police. It is yet to be determined what caused the female driver to cross the centerline.

Studies conducted by traffic officials and behavioral experts indicate that performing a secondary task while driving is one of the riskiest actions. Diverting one’s attention away from safe driving to engage in competing tasks greatly increases the likelihood of a crash. Drivers report that they frequently use an electronic device, adjust the radio, talk to passengers, or eat while driving; cell phone use even among experienced drivers delays reaction time to potential hazards on the road.

Looking away from the road for even a split second can result in a crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident as a result of another’s lack of attention to the road, the knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at Racine Olson are available for a consultation. Call today at: 208-232-6101.


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