COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Two people are dead after a semi-truck crashed on I-90 and burst into flames Saturday morning east of Coeur d'Alene.
49-year old Mark D. Phares of Vancouver, WA, and co-driver 25-year old John E. Miller of Hillsboro, Oregon, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Idaho State Police say around 4 a.m. the tractor-trailer carrying compressed rolls of paper was traveling westbound on I-90 near milepost 14 when it drifted across the fogline, hit the median, a guardrail, the concrete face of an overpass, then the median once again.
The tractor-trailer then jacknifed, at which point witnesses reported hearing an explosion.
Firefighters got the fire under control in just over and hour.
I-90 was blocked in both directions for more about 4.5 hours..
Idaho State Police, Coeur d'Alene Police and Kootenai County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the scene.