Police: Alcohol a factor in milk truck crash

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Police: Alcohol a factor in milk truck crash

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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 27 at 10:41 PM

BOISE -- Police say the driver of a pickup struck a semitrailer hauling milk after running a stop sign early Friday morning, and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Burgundi Bateman, 30, was traveling southbound on Harman Street just before 4 a.m. when she failed to stop at the intersection of Fairview Avenue, according to Idaho State Police.

Officers say Bateman's pickup continued through the stop sign, then hit a semi truck hauling milk, causing it to tip and spill both milk and diesel on the roadway.

The semitrailer blocked all four lanes of the roadway, which remained closed between Curtis and Liberty roads for nearly 8 hours.

The Boise woman's pickup eventually came to rest in the nearby parking lot of Ultimate Tint and Wheel, where it struck an unoccupied vehicle.

Bateman was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center with unspecified injuries. Police say she was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the semi was not taken to the hospital.

Crews worked to clean up the mess for hours.

Idaho State Police continue to investigate the accident.

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