June 5, 2011 in News

Trailer flips on its side, causing delays at Lookout Pass

Westbound I-90 lanes blocked for nine hours

A Minnesota driver was injured midday Sunday when his Kenworth semi trailer flipped on its side and blocked westbound lanes of Interstate 90 at Lookout Pass.

Idaho State Patrol said the driver, 38-year-old Timothy J. Monsen, of Brainerd, Minn., was taken to Shoshone Medical Center after the truck he was driving went over on its right side a few moments before 1 p.m. Sunday.

The extent of his injuries was not disclosed.

Idaho State Police blocked both westbound lanes until late Sunday evening as crews cleared the wreckage. Westbound traffic was diverted to one of the eastbound interstate lanes.

Police said Monsen was taking a downhill curve to the right traveling between 65 and 68 mph. The cause of the accident was listed as “a combination of weight, speed and momentum” that tipped the trailer on its side.

Monsen was wearing a seatbelt, the ISP report noted.

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