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Semi-truck slides off overpass onto train tracks in American Falls

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A semi-truck on Interstate 86 in American Falls slid on ice and stopped on railroad tracks Tuesday morning. | Courtesy KPVI

AMERICAN FALLS — A semi-truck went off of the Interstate 86 overpass in American Falls on Thursday morning, landing on the railroad tracks.

American Falls Police say around 6:30 the ENR truck slid on a sheet of ice, went over the guardrail, and stopped on the tracks below.

Union Pacific was called to stop all westbound trains and some eastbound trains.

The truck normally hauls potatoes, but it was empty when it crashed.

Police say the truck driver was lucky the semi did not flip over.

The male semi-driver was not the only one who had a close call. Two pickup trucks slid on the ice too, and one of the pickups flipped.

These three separate accidents all happened in the same spot within minutes of each other.

“A red pickup crossed, he clipped the guardrail, and parked at the bottom,” says Lieutenant Larry Jones, American Falls Police Department. “When he was getting out, he heard the semi, and saw it go off the overpass. He ran down to make sure the guy was doing OK down there. While he was there, they watched the pickup roll on top.”

The drivers of the semi and the pickup that rolled were taken to Power County Hospital with minor injuries.

As of 10:30 this morning, crews were still working to get the semi off the tracks.

This story first appeared on KPVI. It is used here with permission.

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