TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — UPDATE:
Three people were taken to area hospitals following a multiple vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 84, near Eden.
Three people were taken to area hospitals following a multiple vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 84, near Eden. (Source: KMVT/Elizabeth Hadley)
The Idaho State Police responded to the crash shortly after 8 a.m. Westbound traffic was blocked until about 2 p.m.
In a news release, ISP said a Dodge pickup truck pulling a horse trailer was traveling eastbound on the interstate, near milepost 182, when a semi-truck pulling a tanker made an improper lane change. To avoid, a crash the driver of the pickup truck went off the left side of the road, went through the median and rolled. The trailer became unhitched and came to rest in median.
The pickup truck — driven by Katelyn Hamby, 26, of Burley, with passenger Rigoverto Alvarado, 45, of Moses Lake, Washington — stopped in the westbound lanes, blocking traffic. A Kenworth tractor pulling a one trailer was driven by John Gosham, 41, of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, and passenger, Christine Walton, 42, of Thompsontown, Pennsylvania. Gosham stopped for the initial crash.
A Peterbuilt tractor, pulling triple trailers — driven by Januz Rexhepi, 54, of Nampa — failed to stop and struck the back of Gosham’s trailer. This pushed Gosham’s trailer into the back of an International tractor pulling a single flatbed trailer — driven by Michael Hymer, 52, of Tooele, Utah — that had also stopped for the crash. Hymer’s truck was pushed into the Dodge pickup truck.
ISP said Hamby and Alvarado were taken by ground ambulance to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center with minor injuries, and Rexhepi was transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. As of late Wednesday afternoon, Rexhepi was listed in critical condition.
All people except Hamby and Alvarado were wearing seat belts. A child in Hamby’s pickup was found properly secured in a child safety seat.
Idaho State Police was assisted by Kimberly Police Department, Jerome County Sheriff's Office, Magic Valley Paramedics, Rock Creek QRU, First Segregation Fire, Air St. Luke's, and Idaho Transportation Department.
Police ask anyone who may have information to help identify the semi hauling the to call ISP at 208-736.3060.
Several people have been injured in a crash on Interstate 84 near Eden.
Idaho State Police issued a news release at about 9 a.m. saying first responders were on-scene of a multiple injury crash in the westbound lanes between milepost 182-183.
Traffic is being diverted at exit 188.
KMVT will post more information when it becomes available.