UPDATED INFORMATION: Four Vehicle Pileup Closes Highway 30 Near Buhl
UPDATED INFORMATION: THE FOLLOWING IS THE NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE STATE POLICE:
On May 2, 2012, at approximately 9:06 am, Idaho State Police investigated a four vehicle crash on US 30 at milepost 203.5, between 1600 East and 1700 East, near Buhl, ID.
James R. Baker, 71, of Filer, ID, was driving a red Ford F250 pickup westbound on US 30 near milepost 204. Baker stopped in preparation to turn left into the parking lot of Sliman and Butler Irrigation. Gerrit P. Dragt, 56, of Filer, ID, driving a yellow Ford F350 pickup, stopped behind Baker while waiting for him to turn. Michael C. Franks, 36, of Jerome, ID, driving a red Kenworth semi pulling a tanker trailer, was traveling westbound and failed to stop, rear ending Dragt and causing a chain reaction crash. After being hit, Dragt's pickup struck the rear of Bakers pickup. The impact sent Baker's pickup off of the south shoulder of the roadway and through the fence on the north and west sides of the Sliman and Butler parking lot. Baker's pickup came to rest after striking a piece of farm equipment in the Buhl Implement parking lot.
Dragt was transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls. He was later transferred by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for further treatment. Dragt was not wearing a seatbelt.
US 30 was closed for approximately four hours. The Idaho Transportation Department set up an alternate route of travel during the investigation. US 30 is now open for public traffic.
UPDATED INFORMATION: Authorities say the investigation into the accident is complete and they have opened up the road in both directions. Preliminary reports say that a vehicle was turning into a business when a semi truck failed to slow down, rear-ending a vehicle who then was pushed into the vehicle turning. The turning vehicle then crashed into a tractor that was in the business parking lot.
UPDATED INFORMATION: The accident involves two pickups, a semi and a tractor. Word from the scene is that one person was transported to St. Lukes Magic Valley. The person’s condition is unknown.
Buhl, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A four vehicle accident has completely closed Highway 30 just outside of Buhl between Filer and Buhl. Police say the accident near mile marker 203 happened just after 9:30 this morning. Several agencies have responded to the scene including the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s office and the Idaho State Police. Traffic is being diverted on 1500 East and 1700 East roads. At this time KMVT does not have any information as to what caused the accident, or if there are injuries. We have a reporter on the scene and will have more details as they become available. At this time, KMVT news does not know of any projected time when the road will re-open. Motorists are being reminded to take this delay into consideration when traveling in this area.