Fiery Crash Claims Two Truck Drivers


For Immediate Release

The Idaho State Police are investigating a two-vehicle head on double fatality crash that occurred on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at approximately 03:48 am on SH 28 at milepost 60 (9 miles west of the Lemhi/Clark County line).

Theodore D. Merwin, 48 yrs. old from Hamilton, Montana was traveling east on SH 28 in a 1990 Kenworth logging truck that was empty, when a 2003 Freightliner pulling a box trailer loaded with plastic garbage bins traveling west crossed into the east travel lane and struck the logging truck head on. The collision caused both vehicles to go into the opposite roadsides. The 2003 Freightliner caught on fire destroying the truck and half the trailer. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Identify of the driver of the 2003 Freightliner will not be released until the immediate family is notified. The crash is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

The crash occurred in a remote area of SH 28 and the Emergency Call Box at Gilmore Summit was utilized to notify law enforcement and emergency responders of the collision.

(JB Note: Unfortunately, over the past three days, there have been at least 6 commercial driver deaths in the greater northwest. We pray for the drivers and the family members involved with these tragic events. We don’t publicize these press releases for any other reason than to remind our fellow drivers that we perform a very important, but very dangerous, mission to get products to the store shelves. Let us all take a moment to remember those fallen drivers on this September 11th as we remember those who fight for our freedom and those who lost their lives 7 years ago.)

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