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MERIDIAN -- Two people were taken to a Meridian hospital after an accident involving two vehicles and a semi truck on Interstate 84 this morning.

The crash happened at 11:19 a.m. in the westbound lanes between Locust Grove and the Meridian Road exit.

Idaho State Police says 19-year-old Elijah Paul of Caldwell was headed west in a 2004 Dodge Neon when his car hit a ski/swim platform that had fallen from a boat onto the interstate.

A trooper says upon hitting the platform, the Dodge came to a stop in the left lane. A Chevy van driven by 31-year-old William Diehl of Meridian rear-ended the Neon, which caused it to rotate to the right and into the path of a 2003 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by 41-year-old Yu Huang of San Gabriel, Calif.

Paul and his passenger, 18-year-old Ryan Beers of Caldwell, were both taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Medical Center in Meridian for treatment of minor injuries. The trooper says luckily no one was in the back seat or the outcome could have been much worse.

We are told that all the occupants of the three vehicles were wearing seatbelts.

Traffic near the crash scene was slow and go for about an hour and a half while police and emergency crews responded.

Idaho State Police is asking any witnesses to the crash or information about the loss of the swim platform from a ski boat to contact at 208-846-7550. The crash is still under investigation.

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