Friday, December 27, 2013

UPDATE: Milk, Diesel Spill Tangles Morning Commute

Posted By on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 3:14 PM

UPDATE: 3 p.m. Dec. 27, 2013

Idaho State Police say alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash of a tractor-trailer and pickup early Friday morning.

30-year-old Burgundi Bateman of Idaho Falls was traveling southbound on Hartman Street in a Toyotal pickup when police said she failed to stop at a stop sign.

That's when Bateman's pickup collided with the tractor, driven by 46-year-old Scott Earls of Meridian. Both the tractor and the trailer landed fell over, landing on the driver's side, blocking all four lanes of traffic on Fairview Avenue. Bateman's vehicle continued through the intersection and struck another unoccupied vehicle in a parking lot.

Bateman was transported to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

Police said she was not wearing her seatbelt and investigators said alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash. The investigation continues.

ORIGINAL POST: 9 a.m. Dec. 27, 2013

Milk and diesel just don't mix.

Emergency crews responded to the scene of an early morning crash at the Fairview Avenue and Hartman Street intersection, near Curtis Road. Police said a tractor-trailer milk truck collided with a small pickup, causing the tractor-trailer to overturn, entirely blocking Fairview, both east- and westbound.

Milk and diesel fuel spilled on the roadway, resulting in detours throughout the morning rush hour.

The driver of the pickup was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Idaho State Police are investigating the crash.

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