January 21, 2012

One dead in six-vehicle crash

 

A six-vehicle crash on Highway 95 involving several semi trucks left one person dead this morning.

The crash occurred about 8:40 a.m. near Cocolalla Creek, according to the Idaho State Police. James M. Mady, 49, of Creswell, Ore., was driving a semi truck when he was killed.

Police say two were hospitalized after the chain-reaction crash: Zachary B. Henager, of Temple, Texas, who was driving a Mazda Coupe, and Richard D. Walston, 58, of Colville, who also was driving a semi truck.

Mady’s semi trailer flipped onto its side and blocked all southbound lanes and the northbound passing lane.

Henager was airlifted to Kootenai Medical Center and Walston was airlifted to Providence Holy Family Medical Center.

Several others were uninjured: Brian M. Fendos, 39, of Bonners Ferry, who was in a semi truck; Pavlo P. Shevchuk, 21, of Manitoba, Can., who was towing a livestock trailer; and Roger C. House, 46, and his passenger Nathan C. House, 22, of Post Falls.

Highway 95 was closed for about 11 hours following the accident. It was reopened just after 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Investigators would like to speak to the female driver of sports utility vehicle that was southbound near the location and witnessed the crash. That witness should contact Cpl. Allen Ashby at (208) 209-8620.


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