A tractor trailer laden with a 50,000 pound piece of construction equipment crashed on Interstate 84 west of Caldwell Friday, blocking traffic in both directions for several hours, Idaho State Police report.
Stephen Dick, 61, of Eagle was driving east on I-84 near milepost 26 in the far left lane about 1:35 p.m. when he had a tire failure and crashed into the concrete barrier, ISP reports. The barrier dislodged and went into the westbound lanes of travel, completely blocking the interstate. The construction equipment became lodged on a barrier and the tractor's fuel tank ruptured, spilling an unspecified but "significant" amount of fuel, according to an ISP news release.
Dick was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. No citation was issued.
A private contractor was brought in to help the Idaho Transportation Department clean up the spill, ISP reports.
Both the eastbound and the westbound lanes were blocked until evening. Westbound lanes opened at 5:30 p.m. and eastbound lanes at 6:15 p.m.