Winds in Twin Falls, Idaho, were so strong Monday that four semitrucks were knocked over all in separate incidents.
With gusts reaching up to 60 mph, KEZJ-TV reported that the accidents occurred on the Perrine Bridge and Hansen Bridge over the Snake River. Both bridges were at some points during the day shut down due to accidents — one which was caught on camera, showing how fortunate the driver was to avoid falling hundreds of feet into the water.
Watch the tense moment when the wind overpowered the semi:
“I was sure we were dying,” Thierry Barthez, a truck driver in one of the four accidents, told the Twins Falls Times-News. His colleague, Pierre Ollivier, was sleeping in the bunk at the time when they were passing through the state to pick up oranges in California.
“I guess those oranges are gonna have to wait,” Ollivier told the newspaper.
Both of the men, talking with emergency crews afterward, watched as wind caused another semi to roll.
This video includes semitruck drivers describing what it was like to live through these harrowing accidents:
Of the four truck accidents, only one merited a trip to the hospital. The News-Times reported that the driver was released by Monday evening.
Idaho State Police Capt. Rob Storm told KMVT-TV that the department was “working with the transportation department to warn truckers through the use of social media to stay away, stop your trucks and stay away until this wind advisory passes.”
Watch KMVT’s report:
“Weather like this is really trying for everybody, travelers, and highways workers on the roadway, trying to keep our roadways open, snow, high winds, the rough conditions we see in southern Idaho,” Nathan Jerke with the Idaho Transportation Department told the news station.
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