A 16-year-old driver who ran head-on into another car then smashed into a weigh station Sunday night was driving on a suspended license and going over 70 miles per hour, police said.
The Victor, Idaho, teen was driving west when he swerved into the eastbound lane of Highway 22 near the Idaho state line. His van crashed head-on into a Jackson man’s Chevrolet Avalanche, which hit a guard rail. The van then ran into the state-owned weigh station building, knocking it off its foundation and crumpling the structure.
The building and both cars are beyond repair, Wyoming Highway Trooper Andy Jackson said. Both drivers walked away from the crash, but the teenager, who complained of neck pain, was taken to Teton Valley Health Care in Driggs, Idaho, by his mother.
His insurance should cover the damage of the weigh station, Jackson said.
“It’s all destroyed,” Jackson said of the scale building, which housed computers and served as an office where officials calculated the weights of trucks headed over Teton Pass.
The teen was cited for improper lane usage and driving on a suspended license. Jackson said he has had one too many speeding tickets.
The wreck blocked the eastbound lane two miles from the Idaho state line for about 20 minutes.
“Miraculously, there were no injuries,” Trooper Chad Ludwig said. “Everyone was wearing their seat belts, and their air bags went off.”
— Johanna Love contributed
to this report.