Bonners Ferry man injured in collision with semi

A Bonners Ferry man was injured and a British Columbia trucker cited for inattentive driving Tuesday following a collision Tuesday on Highway 95 about five miles south of the U.S./Canadian border.

According to the Idaho State Police, Harjit S. Gill, 55, Abbotsford, B.C., was driving a white 2018 Western Star tractor pulling a flatbed loaded with lumber when he crossed left of center around a curve near mile 533 and hit a maroon 2007 Toyota Highlander driven by William H. Sills III, 85, Bonners Ferry, who was traveling north, at about 4:07 p.m.

Gill continued south, and overturned about a quarter mile south of the initial point of impact.

Initially called in as a head-on collision, emergency responders at first only found the semi and learned of the Toyota several minutes after their arrival at the crash site. Finding the Toyota empty with the glass knocked out, they initially feared the driver had been ejected until word came from the Eastport Port of Entry that a passerby had picked up Sills and taken him there.

Sills was subsequently transported by ambulance to Boundary Community Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

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