Crash Closes Part of Highway 75 and Ignites Fire
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT- TV / KSVT- TV ) - Two men are badly hurt after a head-on collision involving a semi truck this morning. Both north and southbound lanes of Highway 93 – south of Shoshone — were blocked off for several hours.
A New Mexico man and a Richfield man were both air lifted to different hospitals around 8 am this morning for life threatening injuries.
The accident occurred at milepost 71 on US Highway 93 when a semi and pickup truck collided head on.
23 year old Royce Main and 71 year old Ronald Schoolcraft were the two individuals involved in the accident, which shutdown north and southbound lanes for several hours. According to Idaho State Police, the collision caused the semi to run off the roadway and cause a small fire. Shoshone Fire and B.L.M. units both responded and were able to get it under control.
I.S.P. also says diesel fuel spilled on the highway from the collision and was a big reason lanes were closed off for so long.
Those involved attribute the successful quick response to the fact they had all hands on deck. Lincoln County EMS, air ambulance teams, the Idaho Transportation Department and many others were all on scene to do their part.
Sergeant Michael Wendler with the Idaho State Police said, "We have very good working relationships in this Valley among law enforcement, ems and fire personnel. We all have a common mission—certain roles and a common mission that comes together for public safety and we're all really happy to work together and accomplish that mission."
Main was transported by Air Saint Lukes to Portneuf Regional Medical Center in Pocatello and according to hospital officials is in critical condition. Schoolcraft was transported by the Life Flight Network to the University of Utah Burn Center. According to I.S.P., Main was wearing his seat belt, however they do not know if Schoolcraft was.