Friday, October 29, 2010

Correction: Minor injury crash I84 at milepost 7 in Payette County

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Region 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford, Meridian 83642
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For Immediate Release: 10/29/2010 at 2:45 a.m.
Contact: Trooper J. Klitch


Teresa was driving a 2009 Ford Focus and crashed into the axel of a 2007 Commercial Trailer being pulled by a 2006 Freightliner tractor. A 2003 Freightliner tractor pulling a 2008 Wabash Trailer incurred damage due to debris from the crash.


On Thursday, October 28th, 2010, at approximately 10:29 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a three vehicle injury crash at Westbound I84 at milepost 7, west of the New Plymouth exit.

Teresa Mendenhall, 43 of Meridian, was driving Eastbound on I84 when she swerved to avoid hitting a coyote. Mendenhall then lost control of her vehicle went through the median entering the westbound lanes hitting the rear axle of a semi trailer being operated by Stan Vonasek, 52 of Salt Lake, UT. A second Semi and trailer, operated by Melvin Pecka, 59 of Nampa sustained damage due to debris in the roadway. Mendenhall was transported to St. Alphonsus of Ontario with minor injuries. Alcohol is not a factor in this crash and all drivers where wearing their seat belts.

The crash is under investigation by Trooper J. Klitch who was assisted on scene by Master CPL Robertson, CPL Nesbitt as well as Payette County Deputies and emergency personnel.