A rollover and explosion led to the death of an Idaho man Tuesday night near mile marker 156 southbound on I-15.
The accident, which involved a semi-trailer pulling a tanker truck and pup trailer behind it, occurred at about 4:35 p.m. in the corners between Basin and Bernice, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle.
The driver was identified as Spencer William Roddick, 34, of Rexburg, Idaho. Roddick was hauling gasoline and diesel fuel, said Doolittle.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Amanda Villa said it appears the driver was taking the corner too fast and the pup trailer, followed by the double and rear tanker tilted and caused the rig to go off the highway, said Villa.
There were no other vehicles involved and one motorist who was traveling a distance behind the rig saw the explosion, said Villa.
The scene caused the highway to be shut down for hours, with full access southbound restored at about 1:30 a.m., according to Doolittle.
The Basin interchange was initially closed and then southbound traffic was diverted onto Montana 69 at Boulder, said Villa. The northbound lane was reopened at about 7 p.m., she said.
Villa said that because the vehicle was so badly burned there were no marks to identify what company the driver was with.
Responding to the scene was the Montana Highway Patrol, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Bull Mountain, Boulder, Basin, Clancy and Montana City volunteer fire departments and Boulder Ambulance.