Two Commercial Drivers Die in North Idaho


For Immediate Release

At approximately 0403 AM, a Swift Trucking Tractor/Trailer was traveling westbound on I90, approaching the Pennsylvania avenue overpass at milepost 14.3. The truck drifted across the median fogline and struck the median barrier immediately east of the overpass. The truck then struck the steel guardrail on the overpass, destroying the guardrail across the overpass and then striking the concrete face on the west side of the overpass. The tractor/trailer then crashed into the median barrier again, jacknifing and bursting into flames. The truck was hauling compressed rolls of paper. The flames and debris closed both eastbound and westbound travel lanes. The driver, Mark Phares, and the co-driver, John Miller, were pronounced dead at the scene. The eastbound and westbound lanes were completely blocked for 4.5 hours. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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  1. I wanted to let the world know a little more about the men that were killed in the Swift Semi Truck accident that occurred on I-90 September 13, 2008 near Couer d’alene, Idaho.

    Both of these men were good men. They were family men and had good strong values.

    Mark D. Phares of Vancouver, Washington had an 11 year old daughter. He loved his daughter very much and enjoyed taking her on trips, vacations, playing ball and just hanging out with her. He loved his family and friends and ws a very happy, easy going man. He was loved by so many people.

    John Miller was a family man as well. He had a wife and a 1 year old son. He loved his family and looked forward to coming home to them after each trip. He loved his wife and watching his son grow. He loved his family, mother, father, brothers and friends. He had a great sense of humor.

    God called upon these two men for a reason, we may never know the reason. I am sure God will ensure that their families are supported and taken care of.

    These two men will be missed terribly. All who knew them will feel the loss of both Mark and John.

    In loving memory of Mark Phares and John Miller. May they rest in peace and walk with the Lord always.

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