Two Accidents Eight Cars Pileup On Freeway Near Meridian


By Paul Johnson

Meridian, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The Idaho State Police and rescue personnel were kept busy Thursday evening following two accidents near each other. Police say the accident happened just before 7pm Thursday in the eastbound lanes of I-84, milemarker 45 near Meridian.
The first crash consisted of two vehicles. Leslie Friedley, 40 of Meridian driving a 2005 Toyota Corolla stopped due to traffic. Belinda Jacobsen, 51 of Eagle, driving a 1989 Ford pickup collided with Friedley in the far left lane of travel.

A second crash occurred in the same area due to the traffic back up caused by the first crash. Rodney K. Burks, 58 of Boise, driving a 2012 Ford F150 stopped due to a crash in the lane of travel. Lane D. Larson, 19 of Boise, driving a 2001 Chevy Blazer stopped behind Burks. Adam J. Wright, 18 of Fruitland, driving a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee slowed to a stop behind Larson. Bailey N. Wilder, 21 of Boise, driving a 2008 Nissan ExTerra also stopped for traffic. Michael B. Anderson, 59 of Herriman Utah, driving a 2014 Jeep Cherokee stopped behind Wilder. Tarah L. S. Gilliland, 27 of Boise, driving a 1997 Mazda Protege was unable to stop colliding with Anderson. Anderson was pushed into Wilder. Wilder was pushed into Wright, who was pushed into Larson. Subsequently, Larson was pushed into Burks.

Gilliland and one passenger, as well as a passenger of Anderson's vehicle were transported to St Lukes Meridian by ground ambulance. All drivers and some passengers were wearing seatbelts. Lanes were blocked for approximately 2 hours for the investigation of the crash.

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