Thursday, July 26, 2012

Crash blocking westbound lanes west of Hammett

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 846-7550
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For Immediate Release: 07/26/12 at 11:30 pm
Please direct questions to the District Office

*****Final Update******

Lanes of travel are clear following the crash, westbound I84 at milepost 105.5. Thomas Stewart, age 55, of Boerne, Texas, was driving the rear pilot car for an oversized load. The pilot car was equipped with rotating emergency lights, flags, and an oversized load sign. Rex Hill, age 66, of Paul, Idaho, was driving west on I84 at milepost 125, in a 2002 commercial vehicle pulling a Trinity trailer. Hill failed to notice Stewart's pilot vehicle driving slowly, and struck Stewart from behind, causing Stewart's vehicle to go off the north shoulder of the roadway and overturn. The fuel tank on Hill's vehicle ruptured, spilling diesel fuel for approximately 150 feet. Hill's vehicle jackknifed in the median where the remaining fuel continued to spill.

Interstate 84 was closed for approximately one hour and forty minutes.

Hill and Stewart were treated at the scene of the crash and released. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

Hill was cited for careless driving.

This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.


At this time both lanes are open westbound and traffic is starting to move. Further information on the crash will be released shortly.

***end of update***

The Idaho State Police is currently investigating a two vehicle crash involving a semi and a pickup truck westbound I84 at milepost 105.5, west of Hammett. At this time both westbound lanes are blocked and traffic is being diverted at milepost 114, the Hammett exit.