GRANGEVILLE – Idaho State Police is continuing its investigation into last week’s semi-truck accident outside Grangeville last week that spilled hundreds of gallons of gas.
The incident was reported last Tuesday, Feb. 26, around 7:10 a.m. on State Highway 13, three miles north of Grangeville. According to ISP, a 1981 Mack semi-tractor hauling two gasoline tanker trailers driven by Jon S. Jones, 72, of Missoula, Mont., was traveling southbound when he had to take evasive actions to avoid a collision with a northbound dark blue unloaded logging truck that was crowding the center of the highway.
Jones drove off the right shoulder of the highway and into the ditch where the semi rolled onto its side; he was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. The dark blue unloaded logging truck did not stop at the scene.
"And that's the other thing that really upsets me about it you know,” said Jones in a March 1 interview with Missoula’s KTMF TV station. “In that country, cellphone service is limited. If at all available, and if you're in trouble somebody has to stop to help," he said.
Two cars behind Jones did stop, and helped both him and his dog, Kola, climb out of the semi.
The trailers of the fuel truck leaked approximately 2,500 gallons of gasoline. A hazmat team from Grangeville Rural Fire Department responded for cleanup and recovery.
"In the last 25 years, I have been there probably over 1,000 times” Jones said. “It's not an unfamiliar road at all.”
ISP investigator, Trooper Cory Juber, did not return Free Press inquiries for updates on the investigation or whether further contamination cleanup would be conducted.
The public’s help is sought in the investigation. Information on the identity of the logging truck driver involved in the incident can be provided to Juber, 208-799-5151.