UPDATED INFORMATION: Multiple Vehicle Accident Closes Portion Of I-84 Near Rupert
UPDATE 10:15 PM
On January 18, 2013, at approximately 3:25 p.m., a 1998 Toyota RAV 4, driven by Amber L. Lidell-Thomas, 23, of Declo, ID, was broken down in the right hand travel lane of Interstate 84, on the Snake River Bridge, just west of the Declo Exit 216. A 2005 Peterbilt struck the rear of the Toyota. A 2001 Oldsmobile Alero, driven by Katie Quinn, 27, of Boise, ID, was passing these vehicles in the left hand travel lane. Oleg V. Delekh, 34, of Meridian, ID, attempted to move into the left hand travel lane in a 2006 Volvo, and struck Quinn's vehicle and the 2005 Peterbilt. A 2011 Peterbilt, driven by Keith C. Forsgren, 50, of Idaho Falls, ID, then struck the rear of the Volvo driven by Delekh.
The 2006 Volvo driven by Oleg was hauling a load of onions. The side of the trailer was ripped open, causing onions to spill onto the roadway. The eastbound lanes of travel were blocked for approximately four hours and fifteen minutes during the removal of the vehicles and the onions.
Rupert, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Multiple agencies have responded to a four vehicle pileup on Interstate 84 near Rupert. According to police eastbound freeway traffic is closed from the 211 to the 216. The crash is at mile marker 216. The non injury accident involves four vehicles, two semi trucks and two passenger type vehicles. Idaho state police say the accident was reported to them at about 3:20pm. Multiple agencies are at the scene, including the Minidoka and Cassia County Sheriff’s office and the Idaho State Police. We will have more information as it becomes available.