Update: The driver whose vehicle collided head on with a semi-truck trailer that became unhitched on Highway 95 has succumbed to his injuries.
According to Idaho State Police, 25-year-old Nicholas Spooner of St. Maries, Idaho, passed away Monday morning.
The crash occurred Wednesday morning when a Peterbilt semi driven by 56-year-old Wilbert Kahoonei of Puyallup, Wash., was travelling southbound. As he was negotiating a right-hand curve, his trailer disconnected and drifted into the northbound lane.
Nicholas Spooner was the driver of a Nissan Altima, which crashed head on into the trailer. His passenger, 59-year-old Timothy Spooner, was also hospitalized and listed in critical condition at Kootenai Health.
Idaho State Police say a semi-truck trailer came unhitched and crashed head on into a car on Highway-95 Wednesday morning, leaving two men in critical condition.
"The circumstances are still under investigation but it appears to have been caused by a major equipment failure on the part of the semi truck," ISP said in a tweet.
ISP tells our partners at the Spokesman-Review that firefighters had to lift up the front of the trailer to get the driver and passenger out of the sedan. They were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The truck was traveling southbound on US-95 about three miles south of Coeur d'Alene, when the trailer became unhitched and drifted into the northbound lane before crashing into the car.
A spokesperson told the S-R's Will Campbell in his 29 years working he couldn't recall ever seeing a trailer become unhitched from a semi-truck.
The crash is under investigation. KHQ has a reporter en route to the scene looking to get more information.
All lanes of Highway 95 reopened as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Firefighters had to lift up the front of the trailer to get two the driver and passenger.— Will Campbell (@wtcampbell) August 14, 2019
Traffic is slowly being let through now, but it’s caused a large traffic jams north and south of the crash. pic.twitter.com/S8MfoUuQPV
This is a serious injury crash. The circumstances are still under investigation but it appears to have been caused by a major equipment failure on the part of the semi truck. Emergency crews are still on scene. pic.twitter.com/eJkJF9QD9K— Idaho State Police (@ispdistrict1) August 14, 2019
The trailer drifted into the northbound lane after it came unhitched and crashed into the car. You can see the semi-truck cab in the background. pic.twitter.com/eubgm83lpS— Will Campbell (@wtcampbell) August 14, 2019