31 head of cattle die in crash; truck drives through inn

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Some 31 head of cattle died Friday, Feb. 5, when a livestock hauler struck an elk on US 30 near Georgetown in southweastern Idaho.

Police say Jeffrey Nickols, 29, of Parma was traveling eastbound on US 30 at about 6 a.m. in a 2020 Peterbuilt hauling a cattle trailer. Nickols struck an elk on the highway, lost control of the vehicle, and it rolled off the left shoulder of the highway, according to ISP. The trailer was loaded with about 90 cattle.

ISP said Nickols was not injured in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Tractor-trailer drives through Virginia inn

A trucker was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain proper control when his tractor-trailer left the road on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and drove through a resort hotel recently.

Mark Furst’s Freightliner drove through the Kiptopeake Inn Thursday, Feb. 3, in Cape Charles, not far from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel, according to Virginia State Police. VSP said Furst, of Hanover, Pennsylvania, sustained no injuries in the accident that occurred on Routh 13. No injuries were reported within the inn, according to police.

Driver charged after truck loaded with ‘hard lemonade’ crashes

A tractor-trailer loaded with Mike’s Hard Lemonade crashed in Idaho last week, and its driver admitted to police he fell asleep and was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Shane Ray Warr, 57 of Blackfoot, Idaho was allegedly responsible for causing a three-vehicle crash in Pocatello, Wednesday, Feb. 2. Idaho State Police said Warr’s truck crossed the median of northbound Interstate 15 and into the southbound lanes near milepost 68. Warr’s tractor-trailer struck two vehicles in southbound traffic, according to reports of the accident, sending one woman to the hospital.

ISP said Warr was given a breathalyzer test twice and exceeded the 0.04% limit for truck drivers both times.

He also told police has sleep apnea and had just three hours of sleep before driving.