Police look for second vehicle in truck crash, diesel spill

Posted at 2:52 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 16:52:23-05

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho — A semi-trailer hauling two gasoline tankers overturned near Grangeville, Idaho on Tuesday, resulting in a hazardous fuel spill.

The Lewiston Tribune reports Idaho State Police are looking for a dark blue unloaded logging truck that may have been involved in the accident by possibly forcing the fuel truck off the road.

The police say 72-year-old Jon S. Jones of Missoula, Montana was driving on State Highway 13 when the accident happened about 7:10 a.m. Jones reportedly told police he had to drive off the right shoulder of the highway to avoid the logging truck, which was crowding the center line. Jones was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. The fuel truck is owned by Tremper Distributing of Missoula.

The trailers of the fuel truck held about 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel, some of which spilled. John Sangster with the Grangeville Fire Department says some of the ground was contaminated, but the spill is isolated to one spot and the fuel isn't expected to spread.