AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - A snowplow with the Idaho Transportation Department was involved in a collision this past Friday on I-86 near American Falls. This marks the first time this winter someone has struck a snowplow.
Two trucks were involved in the collision with the plow. Both trucks suffered significant damage while the plow only had minor scratches to the back of it. No injuries were reported at the scene The plow is now back in service.
ITD is more worried about more major snowplow accidents that could total their plows. Overall, snowplow strikes have increased in each of the past three winters.
The snowplow itself isn't cheap. Justin Smith with the Idaho Transportation Department tells us it costs a minimum of $250,000 for a brand new plow. This only includes the parts The plow itself is assembled in parts by their department.
It also takes lots of time to replace the plow too. It usually takes an entire year from delivery to assembly for a new snowplow to be ready for use ITD also has had recent delays and shortage issues in the supply chain which increase the process even more.
For us to stay safe with the plows on the road, make sure to keep about 100 feet between us and the plow in front of us. Also, never pass a plow on the right side.