Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Barmorhea Resident Uninjured in Fatal Crash in Idaho This Week

One of our own, 41-year old Michael Barry, a two-year resident of Balmorhea, is apparently safe and uninjured after a head-on collision Monday night in Idaho. Barry was on the job, driving a tractor trailer on Interstate-90 when an automobile suddenly appeared advancing toward him in his lane.

The following report is from KTVZ of eastern Oregon:

Posted: Dec 2, 2008 09:42 PM

A 23-year-old La Pine man driving the wrong way on Interstate 90 in northern Idaho was killed Monday night when his car collided head-on with a semi truck, Idaho State Police reported.

The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-90 around 9 p.m., killing Daniel Duhadway of La Pine, officers said.

Duhadway was at the wheel of a 2005 Toyota Scion heading west in the eastbound lane of I-90 when he collided with an eastbound 2007 Freightliner semi driven by Michael Barry, 41, of Balmorhea, Texas, officers said.

Although both drivers were wearing seatbelts, Duhadway was thrown from the car and died at the scene, officers said.

Roads in the area were wet at the time of the crash, they said, adding that the investigation was continuing.

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According to one comment posted at the KTVZ site under the story above, weather conditions where the accident occurred, as well as dangerous interstate entry and exit ramp lighting and signage, may have played a role in the tragic events.

My heart goes out to his family. I am very familar with that stretch of road and it can be very dangerous, especially when wet. The cadence of the road is off there, as is most of that pass, making the corners bank strangely. The on-off ramps are poorly marked and not lit.
The Balmorhea Progressive will provide updates as they become available.


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