Lanes open after jackknifed semi-truck crash east of Wendell

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A three-car crash in a construction zone blocked three lanes of interstate traffic for about 40 minutes Tuesday afternoon and sent one person to the hospital.

Idaho State Police said a little after 2 p.m. a semi-truck struck the back of a passenger car as the car slowed entering a construction zone eastbound on Interstate 84, about three miles east of Wendell. The semi-truck, pulling one trailer, swerved into the median and jackknifed blocking the two eastbound and one westbound interstate lanes. The impact on the car caused it to strike the back of a van.

ISP said all occupants were wearing seat belts. Blanca Guerra, 26, of Blackfoot, who was driving the passenger car, was transported via ground ambulance to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center.

The driver of the semi-truck was Juan Tellez, 37, of Jerome, and the driver of the van was Scott Smith, 51 of Eagle.

Gooding County Sheriff's Office and the Idaho Transportation Department assisted ISP.

ISP investigates the crash.

East- and westbound lanes opened after a semi-truck crashed in a construction zone Tuesday afternoon, blocking three of the lanes.

Idaho State Police said a semi-truck jackknifed, blocking two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane along Interstate 84 between Wendell and Jerome.

Idaho State Police is investigating the crash. According to a news release, crews worked to divert traffic and once cleared, told motorists to expect congestion and possible delays.

KMVT will add more information once it becomes available.

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