N. Highway 89 wreck

A collision closed Highway 89 on Friday.

A man driving northbound on North Highway 89 veered into oncoming traffic Friday afternoon and collided with a Scenic Safari van that was full of passengers and towing a trailer full of snow machines, according to the Teton County Sheriff’s Office.

Police are unsure why the man drifted into the southbound lane.

Two people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Stanyon said.

“It could have been really, really bad,” he said.

The crash forced police to shut down the highway most of Friday afternoon between the Snake River Overlook and Schwabacher’s Landing.

“He nearly struck them head-on,” Stanyon said.

The wreck caused the snowmobiles to leak gasoline onto the highway.

“It was a pretty extensive cleanup,” Stanyon said. “And the trailer that the snow machines were on was disabled, so they had to transfer those.”

The highway reopened at about 4:30 Friday afternoon.

Grand Teton National Park officials are investigating the accident’s cause. It’s unknown if citations will be filed.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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