Trucker Hauling Load of Lumber Overturns Rig and Plunges Into an Idaho River

Syringa, ID – A trucker is lucky to be alive after the big rig he was driving rolled on an Idaho highway and into the Clearwater River this week.

According to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), the crash took place around 10:55 a.m. on Monday, March 22, along State Highway 12 at mile marker 80.6.


For unknown reasons, the semi exited the roadway and rolled into the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River.

The truck came to rest upside down in the river.

Additionally, photos from the crash site reveal the rig’s load of lumber was strewn along the riverbank and in the water.

The trucker — whose identity was not released by officials — was taken to a local hospital via ambulance.

His/her condition remains unknown.


The Idaho State Patrol (ISP) is leading an investigation into what caused the accident and has not yet provided its preliminary findings.

Highway 12 is known to be a curvy roadway that runs alongside the river for miles.

The area where the accident occurred is near a bend.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

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