Megaloads Confuse Drivers

Frank Bybee, Desmet

The Lewiston Tribune 1/1/12

I had this terrible accident on Nov. 8, well after dark, about 25 miles north of Moscow on U.S. Highway 95.

I came up on all these huge flashing lights, so I was slowing down. There was a flagger who had a minivan stopped.

I did not notice the van.

I am a pro boxer so my vision and reflexes are above the average. There were just a bunch of huge flashing lights with no instructions to drivers on how to proceed.

I hit that van, I totaled my car and the minivan. I was knocked out and got a concussion. My shoulder and hip are bruised from my seat belt. I am lucky to be alive. Continue reading

Highway 95 Megaload Collision Outcomes

After the November 8 rear-end collision on Highway 95 between Shawn Dewitt of Princeton, who had voluntarily stopped to ask a megaload flagger how to proceed, and tribal member Frank Bybee of Desmet, who rear-ended Shawn’s stopped vehicle, a Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) facebook friend contacted us to relate that Frank had said that the multiple convoy lights had distracted and blinded him and that no visible flagger had directed the situation.  Predictably, Idaho State Police Captain Lonnie Richardson recounted the incident differently for the November 10 Moscow-Pullman Daily News article, stating that “It had nothing to do with the loads or being confused by the lights.  It was just driver error.” Continue reading

Two Injured in U.S. 95 Collision

Two Idaho men were released from the hospital following a rear-end collision Tuesday night near Viola on U.S. Highway 95 that law enforcement claims occurred when one driver stopped to talk with a flagger awaiting Imperial Oil shipments bound for the Idaho/Montana border.

According to the Latah County Sheriff’s Office, Shawn Dewitt, 36, of Princeton, stopped his vehicle on the highway to investigate flashing lights belonging to a flagger awaiting three shipments of refinery equipment and ask how he should proceed. Continue reading