[Morning Briefs] The Apparently Dangerous Idaho Highways

16 Jan

A hay fire is completely engulfed in flames along I-15 Sunday morning. (Photo via Bannock County Sheriff's Office)

American highways used to be vast, open expanses of freedom. Just read Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” or watch iconic 1969 film “Easy Rider.” Now, the highways are a place of danger and arrests, where fires break out and pounds of pot are confiscated left and right! Well, the only difference between the old days and the new, I suppose, is that people are actually getting caught being wild on the highways, but still! All of today’s briefs take place on the very roads we all drive regularly. Just be thankful you didn’t get mixed up in any of this nonsense!

  • A semi truck carrying bales of hay caught fire near the Malad Summit Sunday morning, starting a small brush fire and blocking traffic on I-15. It’s unclear how exactly the truck caught fire, but by the time all was said and done, it was completely engulfed by the flames. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the fire, but one acre of land did burn as a result. Still, the mystery of how exactly this hay truck suddenly went up in flames is so intriguing. My best guess is that it was the work of some anti-hay bale activist, sending a strong message to hay bales everywhere.
  • Thank god this accident didn’t happen anywhere near the hay fire. On Friday afternoon, Maria Arreola-Cisneros, 41 of Caldwell, crashed her Kia Rio into the side of a semi truck near Plymouth on I-84. The crash caused a fuel leak in the truck, spilling about 50 to 75 gallons of fuel onto the highway. One passenger in Arreola-Cisneros’ car, Maria Perez, 24, went to the West Valley Medical Center for injuries. After the cleanup and investigation, Idaho State Police arrested Arreola-Cisneros for inattentive driving and driving without privileges.
  • Idaho State Police have confiscated 4.3 pounds of marijuana after yet another traffic stop drug bust. A state trooper stopped a car Saturday afternoon for excessive speeding on I-86 near American Falls, and somehow then found all the pot. While details are scarce, the trooper ended up arresting 22-year-old Justin Henry of Nampa for felony trafficking and possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Travis Nalder, the arresting officer, told Local News 8 this bust is a sign that their hard work to keep drugs off the roadways is paying off.
  • A two-vehicle accident on U.S. 93 near Challis on Sunday afternoon left one driver dead. Adam Smith, 18 of Challis, merged onto U.S. 93 from State Highway 75, but didn’t yield to traffic traveling on the highway. As a result, a pickup truck struck the driver’s side of his own pickup, causing an accident that must have been pretty bad, as Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Idaho State Police are currently investigating the crash.
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