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Semitruck crash that closed I-90 Friday night was carrying 16 2,000-pound missiles

March 9, 2019 Updated Sat., March 9, 2019 at 4:57 p.m.

A semitruck that crashed on Interstate 90 shutting down both directions of the road Friday night was carrying 16 2,000-pound missiles, according to a news release from Idaho State Police.

The driver, Mark W. Dearinger, 47, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, was cited for inattentive driving. He was not injured in the crash.

At about 7:14 p.m., Dearinger was driving through an eastbound Idaho Transportation Department checkpoint and drove into a hazmat containment area on accident instead of merging back on to I-90, reported ISP. He drove to the end of the containment area and over a large snow bank, disabling the truck, according to the news release.

Fairchild Air Force Base assisted emergency personnel by sending three explosive ordnance disposal technicians to the scene, although the semitruck involved did not have a direct relationship with the base. Multiple attempts to contact Fairchild for more information went unanswered Saturday.

I-90 was closed for about two hours.

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