Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Truck driver injured in semi crash

Accident occurs on hill west of Craters of the Moon


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    A Montana truck driver was transported last week to St. Luke’s Wood River hospital after he crashed a tractor-trailer semi he was driving on the hill west of Craters of the Moon National Monument.
    The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as 35-year-old David Boatman of Stevensville, Mont.
    Sheriff Gene Ramsey said the accident occurred around 11:45 p.m. on July 14 when Boatman, driving a 2012 Freightliner truck and pulling a flatbed loaded with bales of steel, was westbound on U.S. Highway 26 near the Blaine County and Butte County border.
    “He was doing about 50,” Ramsey said. “He said there was a black car partially in his lane and he pulled over and rolled.”
    Ramsey said Boatman was taken from the scene of the accident by Carey Quick Response ambulance but later transferred to a Wood River Fire and Rescue ambulance for transport to the hospital.
    According to the accident report, Boatman suffered a dislocated shoulder, a broken leg and a chest injury.
    Ramsey said Boatman was wearing a seatbelt.




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