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Highway 55 near Smiths Ferry reopens after tractor-trailer crashed into Payette River

The crash is "a tricky one for two crews" to clear, as the truck and trailer are partially in the river.
Credit: Idaho State Police

SMITHS FERRY, Idaho — Update 6:16 p.m. July 3: Both lanes of the highway have reopened. The original story follows:

Idaho State Police are responding to a tractor-trailer after it crashed into the Payette River, causing Highway 55 north of Smiths Ferry to close down.

ISP says truck crashed into the river just before 8 a.m. and the crash sent two people - 42-year-old Rigoberto Rivera Arredondo of Ontario, Ore. and 30-year-old Mark Castillon of Weiser - to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They were transported by air ambulance due to the remoteness of the area.

Both lanes of the highway are still closed as crews work to fish the truck and trailer out of the river. ISP tweeted that "It’s a tricky one for tow crews. They’re doing the best they can to clear the road.  Delay travel thru the area."

Officials do not know when the highway will reopen.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area between Banks and Cascade as it may take some time for crews to get the truck out of the water.

This is a developing story and this article will be updated when further information is made available or if the situation changes.

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