Police: 46 vehicles involved in massive crash on I-84, lanes reopened




Posted on January 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 7:00 PM

MERIDIAN -- More than 40 vehicles, including cars, SUVs, and commercial trucks have crashed on I-84 westbound near the Ten Mile Road exit, blocking the westbound lanes of the freeway around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Making matters worse, several separate crashes also caused traffic problems on the eastbound side of the freeway as well.

The accident was cleared and lanes were reopened at about 2 p.m.

Idaho State Police say at least 10 people have been transported to area hospitals with various injuries due to the crash. Up to 46 vehicles are thought to be involved.

KTVB Reporter Scott Evans reports the most serious crash involved a fully-loaded logging truck with a small passenger car pinned underneath one of the rear axles.

Police say the chain of events started as troopers were clearing an earlier crash around 9 a.m. Thursday. They say fog quickly obscured the roadway, and that's when the passenger car tried to switch lanes, clipped another car and spun out.

Officers say the driver of a logging truck tried to swerve and avoid the car, but smashed into it, dragging the car and its driver down the freeway. Amazingly, Troopers say the man inside the car was seriously injured, but is expected to live.

Police say firefighters were forced to cut into that car, along with several others, in order to extricate victims trapped after the crash.

KTVB Photojournalist Eric Turner reports a ValleyRide bus has been detoured to the scene to pick up stranded drivers.

A series of Tweets by the Idaho State Police, KTVB Reporter Bonnie Shelton, and KTVB Reporter Scott Evans illustrate the accident response.