NAMPA-- The rush hour commute through Nampa was slowed Wednesday evening by an accident involving two motorcycles, a pickup truck, and a car.
The accident was reported at 5:53 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 just past the Garrity Boulevard exit. All three lanes were blocked while emergency crews with Idaho State Police, Nampa Police and the Nampa Fire Department responded.
Idaho State Police troopers say James Brocksopp, 58, of Emmett was driving a 1997 Ford Ranger and did not slow for traffic. The truck rear ended two motorcyclists who were slowing in traffic and then side swiped a 2004 Saab driven by Michael Jorgensen, 42, of Nampa.
One of the motorcyclists, Scott Heglar, 30, of Dayton, Nev., was wearing a helmet, but police say it came off during the crash. He was transported to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. A hospital spokesperson told us Thursday that he is listed in critical condition.
The other motorcyclist, Dale Waite, 58, of Nampa, and the pickup truck driver were treated at the hospital for minor injuries, and released. Police say Waite was wearing a helmet, Brocksopp and Jorgensen were both wearing seat belts.
KTVB producer Julia Dodson drove by the accident scene just after 6 p.m. and sent us four photos of the crash. An injured motorcyclist was being treated at the scene. The pickup was on its side.
The Idaho Transportation Department sent out a traffic alert at 6 p.m. stating that all westbound lanes were blocked. As of 9 p.m. all lanes of the freeway were back open.