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Driver dies in early AM Athol crash

ISP news release:

At approximately 5:47 a.m. today, a fatal crash occurred on US 95 at milepost 441, near the Chilco Road exit.  A White 2015 International Semi-tractor driven by Ryan B. Crabtree, 35, of Athol, Idaho was traveling Southbound in the right driving lane just south of the Chilco exit when he observed a Silver 2000 Toyota Tacoma Pickup begin to pull onto US95 from the shoulder.  Crabtree moved into the left passing lane to allow the Toyota driven , Gary C. Knoblich, 58, of Athol, Idaho to enter into the driving lane.  Knoblich continued across both Southbound lanes and onto an emergency authorized vehicle only crossover.  Crabtree attempted to avoid the collision by slamming on his brakes but was unable to stop and struck the drivers side of Knoblichs pickup.  Knoblich was not wearing a seatbelt and he was declared deceased at the scene. Crabtree was wearing his seatbelt and uninjured.  Next of kin was notified.   The investigation is ongoing. 

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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