A semi truck trailer unexpectedly came unhitched and drifted into oncoming traffic Wednesday morning. The incident caused a serious head-on crash near Coeur d’Alene on U.S. Highway 95.
The semi truck, which is owned by a Montana company named Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage, was heading south on U.S. 95 when the crash near Coeur d’Alene occurred. The truck’s trailer came unlatched around 8:15 a.m. and swerved into the northbound lanes, striking the front of a gray Nissan sedan, according to Idaho State Police.
The Nissan was left wedged underneath the trailer, while the driver and passenger of the car were stuck inside. Rescue crews were needed to hoist the end of the trailer and free the accident victims.
Nicholas S. Spooner, 25, and his passenger, Timothy P. Spooner, 59, were both taken to Kootenai Health in critical condition. The men are still in critical condition, according to the hospital.
Chris Schenck, an Idaho State Police spokesman, told reporters that in his 29 years of work, he has never heard of a semi truck trailer coming unhitched. However, accidents like these do occur and have caused numerous fatalities over the last few years.
No citation has been given to the driver of the trucking company. Meanwhile, accident investigators are still determining the cause of the crash.
A spokesperson from Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage briefly stated that they are collecting information from the crash and have no further comment at this time.
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