A five-mile stretch of Idaho's Wild and Scenic Lochsa River remained cluttered by megarolls of toilet paper Tuesday, four days after a truck driver from Texas lost control on a tight turn and dumped the load.

Mahmoud Salameh, 24, of Fort Worth, was transported to Missoula's Community Medical Center early Friday with unknown injuries. He was later released.

Salameh was ticketed for inattentive driving and failing to purchase a permit to haul the 53-foot trailer, according to an Associated Press report. A spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department said Tuesday the cost of an extra-length permit is $43.

The wreck occurred at around 4:30 a.m. Friday near milepost 157.3 on U.S. Highway 12, 4 1/2 miles west of Powell and 17 miles from the Montana state line. Salameh was westbound when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit the guardrail, an Idaho State Police accident report said.

The Freightliner truck he was driving took out roughly 100 feet of guardrail before overturning and sliding into the river, dumping the load of eight rolls of unprocessed toilet paper, each weighing 8,000 pounds.

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tom stewart
7/21/2011 08:02:54 am

Talk about a shitty commute!


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