Friday, January 17, 2020

Update 2: SH-81 and SH-77 reopen

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District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2020 2:35 P.M.
Please direct questions to the District Office

ITD has opened SH-81 and SH-77.
I-84 is still closed from the 222 to the Utah border.
For the most current road condition information check www.511.idaho.gov.

***UPDATE***

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has officially closed I84 between milepost 222 in Cassia County and milepost 269 in Oneida County. ITD has also closed SH81 from milepost 0 to 14 in Cassia County and SH77 from mileposts 8-15 in Cassia County. Updates on road closures can be found on www.511.idaho.gov or by calling 511.

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Idaho State Police is currently investigating multiple crashes on I-84 between milepost 227 and 233, east of Burley, in Cassia County. Roads are reported to be slick and reduced visibility due to blowing snow.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

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Update: Multiple Crashes I-84 East of Burley

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District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2020 12:55 P.M.
Please direct questions to the District Office

***UPDATE***

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has officially closed I84 between milepost 222 in Cassia County and milepost 269 in Oneida County. ITD has also closed SH81 from milepost 0 to 14 in Cassia County and SH77 from mileposts 8-15 in Cassia County. Updates on road closures can be found on www.511.idaho.gov or by calling 511.

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***END OF UPDATE***

Idaho State Police is currently investigating multiple crashes on I-84 between milepost 227 and 233, east of Burley, in Cassia County. Roads are reported to be slick and reduced visibility due to blowing snow.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

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Multiple Crashes I-84 East of Burley

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District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2020 10:00 A.M.
Please direct questions to the District Office

Idaho State Police is currently investigating multiple crashes on I-84 between milepost 227 and 233, east of Burley, in Cassia County. Roads are reported to be slick and reduced visibility due to blowing snow.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

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Winter driving conditions in Idaho Falls

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Idaho State Police
District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 528-3400 FAX: (208) 528-3485

For Immediate Release: 8:55 a.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

The Idaho State Police are advising motorists of winter driving conditions in Idaho Falls and the surrounding areas. Check with www.511.idaho.gov or dial 511 on your cell phone for any road closures.
As of right now, SH32 from Aston to Tetonia is closed.
SH33 from Newdale to Tetonia is closed.
US26 from milepost 350-377 is closed from Ririe to Swan Valley.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

** FInal Update ** Crash blocking lanes US20 at milepost 273, east of INL

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Idaho State Police
District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 528-3400 FAX: (208) 528-3485

For Immediate Release: 01/15/2020 10:00 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office


*Final Update:

All lanes of travel are back open on US20, east of INL. The roadway was blocked for approximately 13 hours.


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On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at approximately 8:46 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a multiple vehicle crash, on US-20 near milepost 272, east of INL in Bingham County.

Brenda J. Deans, 64, of Ammon, was driving a 2018 Ford Explorer. Miles R. Muir, 34, of Idaho Falls, was driving a 2015 INL Motor Coach Bus. David B. Taylor, 62, of Ammon, was driving a Volvo Semi pulling a fuel tanker trailer. Joshua D. Steineckert, 29, of Salt Lake City, was driving a 2019 Nissan Xterra. Aaron H. Varnes, 39, of Idaho Falls, was driving a 2018 Toyota Tacoma pickup. Brett C. Stacey, 45, of Idaho Falls, was driving a 2017 Ford F150 pickup.

All drivers were traveling westbound on US-20, entering a low visibility area with fog, wind and blowing snow. Deans stopped on the highway blocking the westbound lane. Muir then stopped behind her. Taylor was unable to stop and veered to the left striking the bus. The semi came to rest off the right shoulder. The bus then struck the Explorer sending both vehicles off the right shoulder. As a result of the crash, the tanker trailer was punctured and leaked approximately 3,000 gallons of fuel. A clean-up and Hazmat crew are on scene.

A second crash occurred when Stacey moved to the right attempting to avoid the initial crash. Varnes was unable to stop and struck the rear of Stacey's Ford F150 pickup. Steineckert then struck the rear of Varnes' vehicle which was pushed off the right shoulder striking the Ford Explorer.

Taylor was transported via personal vehicle to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. All other drivers and passengers were transport to the Central Medical Facility at INL. The bus had 30 passengers on it.

All drivers were wearing seatbelts.

The road has been blocked since the crash occurred and recovery crews are still in the process of removing the Semi Tanker and INL Bus.

This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police and they were assisted by the INL EMS, INL Security, INL Site Safety and the Idaho Transportation Department.

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** Update ** Crash blocking lanes US20 at milepost 273, east of INL

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District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 528-3400 FAX: (208) 528-3485

For Immediate Release: 01/15/2020 4:55 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

***** UPDATE *****

On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at approximately 8:46 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a multiple vehicle crash, on US-20 near milepost 272, east of INL in Bingham County.

Brenda J. Deans, 64, of Ammon, was driving a 2018 Ford Explorer. Miles R. Muir, 34, of Idaho Falls, was driving a 2015 INL Motor Coach Bus. David B. Taylor, 62, of Ammon, was driving a Volvo Semi pulling a fuel tanker trailer. Joshua D. Steineckert, 29, of Salt Lake City, was driving a 2019 Nissan Xterra. Aaron H. Varnes, 39, of Idaho Falls, was driving a 2018 Toyota Tacoma pickup. Brett C. Stacey, 45, of Idaho Falls, was driving a 2017 Ford F150 pickup.

All drivers were traveling westbound on US-20, entering a low visibility area with fog, wind and blowing snow. Deans stopped on the highway blocking the westbound lane. Muir then stopped behind her. Taylor was unable to stop and veered to the left striking the bus. The semi came to rest off the right shoulder. The bus then struck the Explorer sending both vehicles off the right shoulder. As a result of the crash, the tanker trailer was punctured and leaked approximately 3,000 gallons of fuel. A clean-up and Hazmat crew are on scene.

A second crash occurred when Stacey moved to the right attempting to avoid the initial crash. Varnes was unable to stop and struck the rear of Stacey?s Ford F150 pickup. Steineckert then struck the rear of Varnes' vehicle which was pushed off the right shoulder striking the Ford Explorer.

Taylor was transported via personal vehicle to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. All other drivers and passengers were transport to the Central Medical Facility at INL. The bus had 30 passengers on it.

All drivers were wearing seatbelts.

The road has been blocked since the crash occurred and recovery crews are still in the process of removing the Semi Tanker and INL Bus.

This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police and they were assisted by the INL EMS, INL Security, INL Site Safety and the Idaho Transportation Department.

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***** END UPDATE *****

Idaho State Police is investigating a crash that is blocking both eastbound and westbound lanes on US20 at milepost 273, east of INL. Please use alternate routes of travel.

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**Update**** Slide-Off Southbound I15 in Pocatello Leads to Arrests

Idaho State Police
District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
(208) 239-9800 FAX: (208) 239-9885

For Immediate Release: 1/15/2020 11:20 a.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

****Update*****************
Raymond Aguirre and Bobbie Jo Torres, were both charged with two counts of 2nd degree kidnapping.


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**Correction Press Release**

Raymond Aguirre, 24, and Bobbie Jo Torres, 29, of Pocatello.

**End of Update**

On January 11, 2020 at 8:37 P.M. Idaho State Police responded to a slide-off southbound I15 at mile post 68 in Pocatello, due to a 2015 Dodge Dart sliding off the road. The Dodge was occupied by Raymond Aguirre, 29, and Bobbie Jo Torres, 24, of Pocatello. Prior to police arrival a passerby driving a red 2006 Pontiac G6 stopped to assist the subjects. Aguirre and Torres stole the Pontiac and fled the scene. There were two juveniles in the Pontiac at the time the vehicle was stolen.

At approximately 9:08 P.M. officers from Pocatello Police Department and the Bannock County Sherriff's Office located the unoccupied Pontiac at a residence on Dolbeer Street in Pocatello. Officers took Aguirre and Torres into custody, but the juveniles were not located at the scene. The juveniles were later located at a relative's house on South 5th Avenue in Pocatello where they had walked from Dolbeer Street.

Aguirre and Torres were incarcerated in the Bannock County Jail for grand theft. Further charges are pending. The incident is still under investigation. Further requests for information should be directed to the Bannock County Prosecutor's Office.

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