A hazardous materials team is on the scene of a crash and resulting fuel spill near the Lochsa River along U.S. Highway 12. The scenic highway was the centerpiece of considerable debate for the past 18 months when conservationists and environmentalists pushed back against the plan to roll hundreds of mega-loads across U.S. 12. The byway is well-known for its twisting path through the canyons, which frame the Lochsa and Clearwater Rivers.
On Saturday, a fuel tanker crashed, sending a large amount of fuel into a ditch on the far side of the highway away from the river. Idaho State Police, fire and hazmat crews are on the scene.