UPDATED INFORMATION: Accident Causes The Closure Of A Portion Of Highway 93.


By Paul Johnson

Jerome, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The north bound lane of highway 93 at the highway 25 interchange is has been opened to traffic. It was closed for several hours today while crews worked to clear the road of an accident. that occurred about 9 miles north of the Lincoln and Jerome county line. Jerome county Sheriff Doug McFall says three vehicles were involved in a car wreck. A utility truck, a semi truck with two flat beds, and an suv.
The highway was closed after severe weather hit parts of the valley this morning.
On Wednesday at approximately 10:41 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a three vehicle crash on US93 at milepost 62, north of Jerome. A 2003 BMW X5, driven by Oliver Payne, age 65 of Shoshone, was headed southbound on US93, when he slowed for traffic. An ITD Ford pickup, driven by Preston Buckley, age 31 of Twin Falls, slowed for Payne and the other traffic and also activated his overhead warning lights on his vehicle. A 1998 Peterbuilt semi, driven by Rodney Gilly, age 53 of Twin Falls, was traveling too fast for conditions and was unable to stop before striking Buckley's vehicle which struck Payne's vehicle. The impact caused Buckley's vehicle to spin facing into the oncoming lanes of traffic, where it was struck again by Gilly's semi. Buckley and his passenger, Danny Scholl, age 43 of Hansen were wearing their seatbelts and were transported along with Oliver Payne and his passenger, Linda Payne, age 64 of Shoshone, to St. Luke's Magic Valley. Linda Payne was subsequently transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise with serious injuries.

US93 was blocked for approximately three hours while officers investigated the crash. The crash is being investigated by Tpr. Chandler, who was assisted at the scene by the Idaho Transportation Department and Jerome County Sheriff's Office. No citations have been issued at this time.

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