UPDATE: 1 dead after multiple vehicle crash on Blue Lakes Blvd.

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSBT) UPDATE: 6/9: Idaho State Police said one person has died after a multiple vehicle crash on Blue Lakes Blvd. Friday.

Idaho State Police said Sunday that one person has died after a multiple vehicle crash on Blue Lakes Blvd. on Friday evening. KMVT image

Maryann Steiner, 60, from Twin Falls, has died of her injuries after the accident.

Police said next of kin has been notified.

Steiner's car was rear-ended by another truck on Friday's crash. Steiner's car then went into the intersection and hit another car.

UPDATE 6/8 7:45 a.m.:
Six people were taken to different hospitals after a four-vehicle accident occurred on Blue Lakes Blvd. North at about 6 p.m. Friday.

In a news release, Idaho State Police said Cedric Mitchell, 34, of Twin Falls was driving westbound on Heyburn Avenue in a GMC Sierra 1500. Dwayne Steiner, 59, and his passenger Maryann Steiner, 60, both from Twin Falls, were stopped westbound on Heyburn Avenue at the intersection of Blue Lakes Blvd in a Dodge 1500.

Arturo Leon Avila, 58, of Twin Falls, was driving northbound on Blue Lakes Blvd. in a Nissan Frontier with passenger Lilia Leon-Vega, 51, of Twin Falls, along with two juveniles.

Harley Gridley, 25, of Belgrade, Montana, was driving southbound in a Ford Mustang with passenger Michael Fischkelta, 27, of Jerome.

ISP said Mitchell, who was driving the GMC Sierra 1500, rear-ended Steiner in the Dodge 1500. It then pushed them into the intersection.

They then collided with Leon Avila in the Nissan Frontier.

All three vehicles then hit Gridley in the Ford Mustang.

Mitchell was taken to Saint Alphonsus in Boise by air ambulance. Both the Steiners, Leon Avila, Leon-Vega and a juvenile were taken to St. Luke's Magic Valley in Twin Falls by ground ambulance.

The travel lanes were blocked for about four hours.

The crash is still under investigation by ISP.

No other information was released.

UPDATE 10:00 p.m.: All lanes are now open.

ORIGINAL: A multiple vehicle crash on Blue Lakes Blvd. North and Heyburn Avenue is blocking all lanes of travel just after 6:00 p.m.

As of 9:45 p.m., Twin Falls City dispatch said the roads were still blocked.

Presently, all traffic on Blue Lakes Blvd. is being blocked from Filer Ave. to Five Points.

A reporter on-scene says that at least four vehicles were involved and at least one person has been transported by Air St. Luke's.

An officer on-scene said they took that person to St. Alphonsus in Boise.

KMVT spoke with a bystander who was near the accident and saw the chaos about 30 seconds after it happened. He said he saw many people on their phones taking photos, rather than helping the people in the accident.

"I just want people to know... Put your phone down and help people. Something like that, you cannot just take a picture of. You can take a picture of it anytime, but you can't save a life anytime. And there are times that you'll need to save a life," said Bruce Spartt, a bystander.

Motorists should find an alternate route.

Twin Falls Police, Twin Falls Fire, Magic Valley Paramedics and Idaho State Police were all on-scene. Idaho State Police is taking over the investigation.

We will provide updates as more information becomes available.



 
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