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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: Sunday January 8, 2017 6:50 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office
On January 8, 2017, at approximately 9:44 a.m., Joshua Sinner, 29, of Logan, Utah, was driving northbound I-15 at milepost 21, north of Malad. Sinner was driving a 2004 GMC Yukon towing a 2006 Gulfstream travel trailer. The vehicle slid off the roadway and both the GMC and trailer rolled onto their sides. Sinner and his passenger Shaun Wexler, 47, of Clarkston, Washington, were wearing seatbelts. Passenger Nestor Gorostieta, 29, of Logan, Utah, was not wearing a seatbelt. None of the occupants were injured during this crash.
As Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Schwartz investigated the crash, a 2015 Freightliner semi towing a single trailer drove up on the crash. The semi, driven by Leonardo Motta, 38, of Salinas, California, entered the crash scene where the driver lost control and the semi jackknifed. The semi struck the Oneida County Sheriff's department's 2010 Dodge pickup and Deputy Schwartz was struck by the Dodge. The semi and the Dodge then struck the GMC Yukon and camp trailer.
Gorostieta was standing on the GMC Yukon retrieving items and was thrown off the vehicle. William Denkers, 77, of Malad, had stopped to help and was struck by the travel trailer when it was impacted by the semi.
Deputy Schwartz was transported to Oneida County hospital via ground ambulance before being transported to Portneuf Regional Medical Center in Pocatello. Denkers was transported via ground ambulance to Oneida County Hospital before being transported to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.
Gorostieta was transported by ground ambulance to Oneida County Hospital.
The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.
Please contact Oneida County Sheriff's office for any further information about Deputy Schwartz.
All lanes are back open at this time.
Idaho State Police is currently investigating a commercial vehicle crash southbound on I-15 at milepost 21, north of Malad. Southbound lanes are partially blocked and motorists are urged to use caution due to low visibility in the area.
More information will be released as it becomes available.