Highway 195 re-open 12 hours after semi-collision - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Highway 195 re-open 12 hours after semi-collision

SPANGLE, Wash. - Highway 195 south of Spangle is reopen in both directions following an accident involving a semi hauling diesel fuel that closed the highway for 12 hours.

Police believe the accident happened when a pick-up attempted to pass the semi and lost control. The semi then lost control and the two collided sending the pick-up truck through a guardrail and into a ditch.

The semi was hauling two 4,000 gallon tanks of diesel fuel and in the course of the accident, one of the tanks went into the ditch and other flipped on the roadway, ruptured and ignited creating a large fireball.

Washington State Patrol and Hazardous Material crews initially responded to the scene to clear the large amount of fuel that spilled. Those crews cleared the scene around 10 a.m., while DOT crews will remain there until 4 p.m. to man the road closure.

The drivers of both vehicles were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The accident occurred around 6:15 a.m.

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