On Wednesday, Jan. 15, at approximately 8:46 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a multiple vehicle crash, on US-20 near milepost 272, east of INL in Bingham County.
Brenda J. Deans, 64, of Ammon, was driving a 2018 Ford Explorer. Miles R. Muir, 34, of Idaho Falls, was driving a 2015 INL Motor Coach Bus. David B. Taylor, 62, of Ammon, was driving a Volvo Semi pulling a fuel tanker trailer. Joshua D. Steineckert, 29, of Salt Lake City, was driving a 2019 Nissan Xterra. Aaron H. Varnes, 39, of Idaho Falls, was driving a 2018 Toyota Tacoma pickup. Brett C. Stacey, 45, of Idaho Falls, was driving a 2017 Ford F150 pickup.
All drivers were traveling westbound on US-20, entering a low visibility area with fog, wind and blowing snow. Deans stopped on the highway blocking the westbound lane. Muir then stopped behind her. Taylor was unable to stop and veered to the left striking the bus. The semi came to rest off the right shoulder. The bus then struck the Explorer sending both vehicles off the right shoulder. As a result of the crash, the tanker trailer was punctured and leaked approximately 3,000 gallons of fuel. A clean-up and Hazmat crew are on scene.
East Idaho News
Another 70 U.S. firefighters are heading to Australia to help battle the wildfires that have been devastating the island country for months.
Officials with the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise say three, 10-person incident management teams are leaving Thursday, and two, 20-person hand crews will be going in the days ahead.
To date, the center has sent 166 people to Australia, officials said, adding that 20 recently returned after serving about a month-long rotation. Roughly a dozen of the firefighters who’ve served so far are from Idaho, including two BLM firefighters from Idaho Falls, Battalion Chief Kris Bruington and Engine Capt. Farron Kunkel, the Post Register recently said.
Magicvalley.com reported Clay Stephens, a safety and training officer for the BLM Twin Falls District, also went.
Idaho State Journal
VIDEO: Australia has seen some of the worst wildfires in decades. The first of a group of American wildland fire personnel sent by the National Interagency Fire Center is back. They were deployed in early December.
John Noneman was part of that group. He says the first few days were a challenge.
"A lot of fuel and a lot of homes built right inside of it, so it's quite a challenge," said Noneman.
Jessica Gardetto, spokesperson for the National Interagency Fire Center, says the U.S. and Australia have had a long-standing relationship.
"The countries experience very similar activity. Our fire seasons are opposite of each other usually, so that works out in that we can trade wildfire personnel, and we've had this agreement with them since 2000, so for about twenty years, we've been exchanging wildfire personnel," said Gardetto.
Noneman says he went to fires near New South Wales and Sydney.
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