BOISE -- Five crashes on Interstate 84 between Boise and Meridian slowed traffic to a standstill Monday morning and sent three people to the hospital.
Idaho State Police were called just before 4 a.m. to assist Boise Police with a traffic stop involving a narcotics violation on eastbound I-84 at milepost 49, near the City Center Interchange. The driver of a logging truck was arrested at the scene. A tow truck was called to remove his vehicle.
Just after 5 a.m., the tow truck driver, 34-year-old James Hodson, was merging into traffic when a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by 76-year-old Sheila Clark of Meridian collided with the rear of the logging trailer. Clark was taken by ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Two right lanes were blocked while police investigated.
At 6:08 a.m., troopers were called to investigate a second crash involving three vehicles in the eastbound lanes near milepost 47, between the Cloverdale Road and Five Mile Road overpasses. Police say 23-year-old Shawn Stout of Kuna was driving in a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup when he slowed down for traffic congestion. A 2005 Honda Odyssey driven 65-year-old Val Hill of Meridian failed to slow in time and collided with the pickup. The impact caused the pickup to collide with a 2010 Kia Optima driven by 44-year-old Rogelio Olvera of Marsing. Stout was taken by ambulance to Saint Alphonsus. Police say every involved in this crash was wearing seatbelts. Traffic was reduced to one lane for about two hours near the crash, causing backups on the interstate for about seven miles.
At 6:45 a.m., troopers investigated a two-vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes just east of the Meridian Road overpass. Police say that 52-year-old Boyd Parrish of Nampa was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup and went to make a left lane change just as traffic slowed abruptly. His truck crashed into the back of a 2004 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by 29-year-old Rachel Bennett of Nampa. Neither driver was hurt.
Just before 8 a.m., there was a fourth crash. This time it was in the westbound lanes of I-84, near the Eagle Road exit. Investigators say 32-year-old Joshua Tuttle of Boise was westbound in a 2013 Ford E350 Super Duty truck. Tuttle failed to slow down for traffic that had backed up on the Eagle Road off-ramp and swerved to avoid crashing into the vehicle in front of him. Police say 28-year-old Ashley Hansen of Boise was driving behind Tuttle in a 2003 Ford ZX2. When Tuttle swerved to the right, she could not stop in time and collided with a 2002 Chrysler Sebring driven by 48-year-old Andre Zeh of Boise. Zeh's vehicle collided with a 2007 Mazda 3 driven by 44-year-old David Smith of Boise. Zeh was transported to St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center by ambulance. Three of the four lanes were blocked for 30 minutes, causing traffic to back up nearly three miles.
And at 8:48 a.m., there was a two-vehicle crash on I-84 westbound, just east of the Five Mile Road overpass. Troopers say that 37-year-old Edward Burke Boise was driving a 2000 Volkswagen Passat and looking left in preparation for a lane change when traffic slowed in front of him and he crashed into a Pontiac Grand Am driven by 24-year-old Shandy Carroll of Boise. Neither driver was hurt.
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