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EAGLE -- Four people were taken to area hospitals after a semitrailer crashed into a group of cars stopped at a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 44 and South Edgewood Lane Wednesday morning.

The crash happened just before 10:45 a.m.

Eagle Police say 72-year-old Glen Kiser of Nampa was driving a semitrailer eastbound on the highway and was not able to stop in time while approaching cars stopped at a red light.

He lost of control of the semi after hitting the brakes, causing the truck to go sideways and hit two cars. The impact of the crash caused those cars to strike four other cars. All six cars were damaged in the chain-reaction crash.

The impact was so strong that two of the cars were thrown about 200 feet.

Four people in the vehicles were hurt and taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Initial reports say those injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Kiser was not hurt, but he was cited on a misdemeanor charge of inattentive driving.

The eastbound lanes of Highway 44 from Eagle Road to Edgewood Lane were closed for nearly three hours Wednesday morning as emergency crews responded and police investigated.

All the debris has been cleared from the crash, and the eastbound lanes of the highway reopened just before 2 p.m.

Ada County Sheriff s deputies, Idaho State Police, and Eagle Fire crews assisted Eagle Police in the crash clean-up and investigation.

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