Traffic & Transportation

Teen pulling trailer of aviation fuel crashes on Highway 55

No one was injured in a single-vehicle crash that led to a fuel spill and closure of Idaho 55 Thursday morning, according to Idaho State Police.

Andrew Esplin, 18, of Ontario, Ore., was northbound in a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup pulling a homemade single-axle trailer when he slipped off the shoulder near mile marker 98. Esplin overcorrected and rolled around 6:30 a.m. The vehicle stopped in the southbound lanes, according to ISP.

The fuel tank spilled about 200 gallons of aviation fuel onto the road. Esplin did not sustain any injuries, according to ISP.

The highway was shut down in that area for more than 2 hours, according to ISP. The Idaho Transportation Department posted a notice of the closure to social media at 8:50 a.m. Forty minutes later, the agency said one lane had reopened.

The highway is back open as of 1 p.m. The crash is still under investigation.

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