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Posted on: August 31, 2021

Press Release –Semi Rollover Closes Gannett Road

Benitez Crash

On Monday, August 30, 2021, at 5:37 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff deputies responded to a semi-truck rollover crash with lane blockage on Gannett Rd. approximately two miles east of the Gannet fire station in Blaine County, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that Tracy Lee Benitez, age 48 of Meridian, Idaho was traveling southbound on Gannett Rd. in a 2001 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a belly-dump trailer when his vehicle drifted onto the right shoulder, went into the southbound borrow ditch, and traveled approximately ¼ mile. When Benitez attempted to re-enter the roadway, the truck rolled over onto the passenger side.

Benitez, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The semi-truck and trailer received significant damage and were towed from the scene. Gannett Rd. was closed for four and half hours. No citations were issued.

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Posted: 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2021 

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