Friday, January 18, 2013

Multi-vehicle Crash Blocks Eastbound Traffic Near Declo, ID

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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 18, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On January 18, 2013, at approximately 3:25 p.m., a 1998 Toyota RAV 4, driven by Amber L. Lidell-Thomas, 23, of Declo, ID, was broken down in the right hand travel lane of Interstate 84, on the Snake River Bridge, just west of the Declo Exit 216. A 2005 Peterbilt struck the rear of the Toyota. (The driver information for this vehicle is pending. An update with this information will be sent in the morning.) A 2001 Oldsmobile Alero, driven by Katie Quinn, 27, of Boise, ID, was passing these vehicles in the left hand travel lane. Oleg V. Delekh, 34, of Meridian, ID, attempted to move into the left hand travel lane in a 2006 Volvo, and struck Quinn's vehicle and the 2005 Peterbilt. A 2011 Peterbilt, driven by Keith C. Forsgren, 50, of Idaho Falls, ID, then struck the rear of the Volvo driven by Delekh.

The 2006 Volvo driven by Oleg was hauling a load of onions. The side of the trailer was ripped open, causing onions to spill onto the roadway. The eastbound lanes of travel were blocked for approximately four hours and fifteen minutes during the removal of the vehicles and the onions.

All drivers were wearing seatbelts. There were no injuries in these crashes.