Deadly Highway 95 wreck delays school buses by 2 hours

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 5:51 PM

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho.—Highway 95 was closed in both directions Tuesday afternoon due to a multiple vehicle wreck. The road opened back up around 3:00 p.m. after being closed for about four hours.

At least one person was killed according to officials at the scene. Idaho State Police said Stephen L. Pedersen, 60, died in the crash. He was driving a Jeep Wrangler and was not wearing his seat belt.

ISP said Pederson was driving northbound on 95 and crossed the center line. His Jeep hit a pickup truck head-on according to authorities.


The driver of the truck suffered head injuries and went to the hospital.

Trucker Walter Briggs said he drives the stretch of Highway 95 throughout Coeur d’Alene on a weekly basis. He said he constantly worries about other drivers crossing into his lane.

“I don't want anybody to die not in the road, no.  The way to die is to sleep in your own bed  and wake up and see God,” said Briggs.

Coeur d’Alene police and the Idaho State Patrol were on the scene near the Highway 95 Bridge at Northwest Boulevard.  Lanes in both directions were blocked. Troopers said the truck then spun and hit a GMC pickup also traveling north.

The driver of the truck suffered head injuries and went to the hospital.

“I arrived on scene.  He was holding a shirt or some sort of bandage to his head, and he was just concerned about calling his wife,” said Glenn Bakken with the Idaho State Police.

Troopers said the person in the GMC walked away okay.

Driver Richard Covi joined dozens of drivers stalled, awaiting the highway to reopen.

“I hope it isn't something like the person was inattentive, texting or something like that  because that's so worthless,” said Covi. “If the person had a heart attack or something, then it's kind of God's will.”

Authorities said what caused the driver to cross into traffic remained under investigation on Tuesday.

The wreck had the potential to delay some school buses. The Coeur d’Alene School District warned about delays for buses that cross the Spokane River Bridge. Buses 23, 24, 25,  and 27 will be two hours late, schools affected Lake City, Lakes, Winton and Fernan.  Kids would be kept at Winton until bus PU, or parents could make other arrangements.

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