It was a tragic ending to a long day of searching along the Snake River, near Wadworth Island west of Blackfoot, as searchers recovered the body of Vaughn Kepler, 59, of Blackfoot early Thursday evening.
An 18-wheeler semi-truck tipped over Thursday morning. The accident was on Highway 91, just south of the railroad crossings, around the 200 block of SW Main, in Blackfoot. The semi was hauling two flat beds filled with one-ton hay bales.
The front flat bed and the tractor tipped over on their sides. Strapped to the flat bed were 20 hay bales, each weighing one ton.
"It was pretty busted up," said Blackfoot Police Chief Dave Moore.
"We turned the accident over to the Idaho State Police (ISP)," said the chief. "[The Blackfoot police] gave support traffic-wise.