BURLEY — A Burley man was taken to the hospital Saturday after two semi-trucks collided in southeast Cassia County, at 350 E. 300 S.

Jay Smith, 78, was driving a 1995 Peterbilt truck with a belly-dump attached owned by Donna’s Sand and Gravel of Burley, Cassia County Sheriff deputies said.

The crash occurred at 3:49 p.m.

Stephanie Curtis, a spokeswoman for Cassia Regional Hospital, said Monday that Smith was treated and released.

Witnesses said Smith stopped at the stop sign and was facing east when he turned north on 350 E in front of the other semi, according to police. Smith was cited for failure to yield on a left turn.

Danette Heward, 56, of Burley, was northbound in a 1995 International truck owned by Rio Vista Equipment LLC of Burley that was loaded with beets when Smith turned in front of her. Smith’s vehicle struck the side of the beet truck.

Deputies said the impact was so severe it buckled the front tires on Smith’s vehicle and gouged the road. Beets were strewn all over the road, closing it for nearly two hours while emergency crews cleaned up the mess.

The road had to be sprayed down by the fire department because the beets were being smashed onto the pavement, causing slick road conditions.

Cassia County Undersheriff George Warrell said the road was closed at 3:49 p.m. and opened at 5:39 p.m.

Heward and her passenger, Jami Heward, 33, of Burley, were not taken to the hospital.

Neither were wearing seat belts.

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