HEYBURN — A truck hauling a semitrailer crashed through the railing of the overpass at exit 211 near Heyburn about 6:30 a.m. April 2, landing on a car on Idaho 24 below.
Police say the semi driver died at the scene but have not released a name pending notification of next of kin.
The semi landed on the state highway, hitting a 1997 GMC pickup driven by Gregory Grove, 63, of Albion.
Police said Grove was not taken to a hospital.
Gray smoke billowed into the sky as firefighters doused water on the crash. The crash took out a chunk of the westbound railing of the Interstate-84 overpass at Exit 211.
Rupert resident Will Murphy was on his way to work in Twin Falls when he saw the semi on fire after falling to the highway below.
“It was almost unbelievable,” Murphy said. “All day long I’ve been asking myself if I really saw that.”
Murphy was on the highway south of Rupert at the I-84 Exit 211 westbound on-ramp when the crash occurred. Murphey said he was listening to an audiobook and did not hear the crash.
“I saw this ball of flame on the right side of the road,” Murphy said. “I thought I better pull over to help, and by the time I went from the left to the right-hand lane, the fire ripped across the highway.”
Idaho State Police Lieutenant Robert Rausch said it was unclear whether any other vehicles were involved in the crash.
All four lanes of traffic on the highway were blocked shortly after the crash. The westbound lanes on I-84 are reduced to one lane.
Police did not know whether either driver wore a seat belt.
This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.