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One slightly injured in semi-truck explosion

October 2, 2012

Nicole Bloom submitted this photo of the 2 a.m. fire which occurred after two semi-trucks collided on Interstate 15 near exit 93 0n Tuesday.

Don Dewey and his wife Charlene live near exit 93 off Interstate 15.
About 2 a.m. on Tuesday they were awakened by two explosions.
"We thought the Sinclair had blown up," Don said. "We thought one of their tanks had blown."
The Deweys live about one block from the Snake River Sinclair station on U.S. Highway 26.
Don got up and made his way to Anytime Fitness where he and others watched the fire caused when two semi-trucks collided. He said several people working out at the gym had to have witnessed the explosion.
Eyewitness Alisa Coles works the midnight to 8 a.m. shift at Super 8. She called 911 after she heard the crash and saw the explosion.
"I happened to be standing by a window when I heard a crash," Coles said. "About 30 seconds later, there was an explosion.
"It was pretty big," she said. "I backed away from the window in fear it might break."
There were three fires, Coles said. The semi-truck cab was on fire. There was a fire on the embankment and the third fire looked like debris from the two semis.
"The driver who was hit, George, was brought to the motel," she said. "ISP paid for a room for him for the night.
"The other driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries," Coles said.
"George said if the driver had come by five or 10 seconds later he would have been dead because he was walking alongside his truck," she said. "He said he saw the semi hit his truck and then side- swiped the length of the trailer.
"The driver had 30 seconds to jump out," she said. "When he was jumping out of the truck is when his truck exploded.
"It was a scary sight to see," said Coles.
Eyewitness Alisa Coles works the midnight to 8 a.m. shift at Motel 6. She called 911 after she heard the crash and saw the explosion.
"I happened to be standing by a window when I heard a crash," Coles said. "About 30 seconds later, there was an explosion.
"It was pretty big," she said. "I backed away from the window in fear it might break."
There were three fires, Coles said. The semi-truck cab was on fire. There was a fire on the embankment and the third fire looked like debris from the two semis."
The ISP report indicated that George Riedel, 57, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, had stopped on the shoulder of the interstate to check a flat tire. While he was calling for help, another semi, driven by Peter Spicer of Pocatello, rear-ended Riedel's truck.
Spicer's truck then tipped over onto the side of the road and both semis caught fire.
Spicer was taken to Bingham Memorial Hospital.
"The driver who was hit, George, was brought to the motel," Coles said. "ISP paid for a room for him for the night.
"The other driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries," Coles said.
"George said if the driver had come by five or 10 seconds later he would have been dead because he was walking alongside his truck," she said. "He said he saw the semi hit his truck and then side- swiped the length of the trailer.
"The driver had 30 seconds to jump out," she said. "When he was jumping out of the truck is when his truck exploded.
"It was a scary sight to see," said Coles.
According to the Idaho State Police report, troopers and other emergency personnel responded to the fire which blocked the northbound lanes of the interstate. Those loans were closed until about 5 p.m. with traffic flowing through Blackfoot much of the day.
Blackfoot Fire Department and EMS personnel assisted ISP at the scene and Idaho Transportation Department officials were involved in the crash investigation.
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