Friday, September 23, 2016

Five vehicle crash on I-15 near Blackfoot this evening

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Idaho State Police
District 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: 9/23/16 - 10:00 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On Friday, September 23, 2016, at 5:15 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a five vehicle, injury crash on Interstate 15 at milepost 93, near the Blackfoot exit. The following drivers and vehicles were involved in the crash:

Benjamin Kellum, age 27, of Oklahoma City, OK, driving a 1998 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup pulling a 5th wheel trailer
Adriana Appiah, age 41, of Pocatello, driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe
David Corona, age 40, of Pocatello, driving a 2002 Hyundai Elantra
Clay Meline, age 52, of Declo, driving a 2011 Buick Lucerne
Curtis Rosvold age 64, of Lethbridge, Alberta, driving a 2016 Kenworth tractor pulling a Great Dane trailer.

Kellum failed to slow for traffic congestion ahead of him and collided with Appiah's vehicle pushing it into Corona's Hyundai and Meline's Buick. The Buick was pushed into the commercial tractor-trailer driven by Rosvold. Meline and two of his juvenile passengers were transported by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Meline's other passenger, Juli Meline, age 50, of Declo, was transported by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.

Various portions of Interstate 15 near the crash scene were blocked for about two and a half hours while crews worked to clear the scene. All lanes were cleared around 7:55 p.m.