MERIDIAN -- At least four people were taken to the hospital after two seperate crashes on Interstate 84 in Meridian this afternoon, according to Ada County dispatchers. One crash led to the closure of a four-mile stretch of eastbound I-84.
The first crash happened at 2 p.m. at the Meridian Road eastbound exit off-ramp near Roaring Springs Waterpark. It involved two passenger cars.
Idaho State Police say a red Dodge Stratus, driven by 19-year-old Edward Godina, of Caldwell, was traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided with a silver Chevy Cruze driven by 24-year-old Michael Jenson of Twin Falls. The Chevy was struck in the rear and hit the median. The impact of the crash caused the Stratus to roll over and land on its top in the right lane.
Godina was ejected and taken by ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Jenson and his passenger were also taken to Saint Alphonsus for treatment. Police say they were wearing seat belts.
That crash led to the closure of the eastbound lanes of I-84 from Ten Mile Road to the Meridian Road exit. Eastbound traffic was diverted off the interstate at Ten Mile Road and the eastbound on-ramp at Ten Mile Road was shut down. The interstate reopened two hours after the crash.
A short time after the first crash there was single-vehicle rollover on westbound I-84 near Locust Grove. At least one person was taken to the hospital. The accident scene has since been cleared.