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Principal hurt in accident on US95; ‘doing fine,’ back at GHS in couple of days



— Grangeville High School principal Randall Miskin is recovering from injuries received in a Monday vehicle crash north of Culdesac on U.S. Highway 95.

Miskin, 46, of Kooskia was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.


Randal Miskin

According to Charity Ruhnke, financial secretary at GHS, Miskin is doing fine and plans to return to school within a day or two.

“He did break some ribs, but fortunately nothing else,” she said. Miskin’s son, Braxton, was also involved in the accident but was back in school Tuesday, Feb. 6, “and doing fine.”

The Feb. 5 incident started with one vehicle and subsequently involved two others, according to Idaho State Police (ISP) when a semitruck lost control at the crash scene and struck an ISP vehicle.

The initial crash was reported at 12:18 p.m. According to ISP information, Miskin was the passenger in a northbound 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup — driven by an unidentified 15-year-old juvenile of Kooskia — when the driver nodded off, and the pickup drifted off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. The pair was wearing seat belts. The driver was cited for failure to maintain lane. Due to the driver’s juvenile status, ISP cannot officially release the person’s name.

While the tow was recovering the Chevrolet, Derek Vanderpas, 23, of Lewiston, lost control of a Peterbilt semi-truck, hauling two loaded grain trailers, as he approached the scene. The semi struck an unoccupied ISP patrol vehicle blocking the northbound lane, causing the semi to roll onto its side into the ditch. Vanderpas, who was treated at scene and refused transport, was wearing a seat belt.

“Luckily so,” said ISP Sgt. Travis Hight, on the seat belt use, as due to the circumstances of the crash, “he would have suffered severe injuries had he not.”

As this crash involved an ISP vehicle, the secondary accident is being investigated by the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office.

US95 traffic was intermittent, controlled by the Idaho Transportation Department, until both lanes were opened at 8 p.m.


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