OROFINO - According to Idaho State Police, at approximately 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, emergency crews were called to a crash on US12 at milepost 24, west of Orofino. William R. Jared, of Weippe, was driving a 1995 Kenworth logging truck eastbound.
Police say Jared drove off the right shoulder, came back onto the road, and crossed the center line and the west lanes. The vehicle continued off the left shoulder, down an embankment and came to rest near the edge of the Clearwater River. Jared was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Police say Jared's seatbelt was not in use. The trailer was recovered from the scene and the tractor will be recovered Thursday morning. The roadway was shut down periodically through the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.