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Update: Spud truck driver in 'fair' condition

With truck arrestor out of commission, suspected overweight semi veered into a sand storage shed.

Potato truck crashes on Teton Pass

Update, 4:25 p.m., Wednesday: Jackson Altema, the driver of the truck involved in Monday's accident, is in "fair" condition as of Wednesday afternoon, according to a spokesperson at St. John's Medical Center. He is still in the primary care unit.


A semi tractor-trailer hauling a load of potatoes and onions crashed into a gravel storage shed Monday at the base of Teton Pass. The cab separated from the trailer and launched into the forest, followed closely by the trailer's entire load of potatoes.
Teton Pass semi crash

This semi truck used the WYDOT sand shed as a makeshift truck arrestor after its brakes failed, officials said.

Weigh station

The shack at the weigh station on Highway 22 near the Wyoming/Idaho state line sustained collateral damage in a two-vehicle crash Aug. 4. Neither driver was seriously injured in what the Wyoming Highway Patrol described as a “driver’s side to driver’s side head-on collision,” but the weigh station shack wasn’t so lucky. 

Log truck blows through arrestor

The arrestor on Teton Pass will reopen with modifications on May 1. After a pickup with a trailer full of logs blew through it Sept. 10, authorities extended winter trailer traffic closures for eastbound trailers while devising temporary and permanent solutions. 

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063 or

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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