Wednesday, August 17, 2011

One Vehicle Crash Blocks Interstate For Six Hours

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Region 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: 08-17-2011 4:20pm

Contact: Tpr J. Kilton

*********FINAL UPDATE**********

On Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at 6:15am, Idaho State Police investigated a one vehicle commercial vehicle crash. The crash occurred east bound on Interstate 84 at mile marker 203, blocking the interstate for approximately six hours. William Hoskins, age 39 from Phoenix, Arizona, was eastbound on the interstate in a semi tractor and trailer, when he fell asleep and went off the road on the right shoulder. He overcorrected causing the trailer to tip on its side striking and damaging the guardrail on the right shoulder. The truck and trailer then slid across the road hitting the left guardrail. The back end of the trailer came to rest on the left guardrail and the tractor became wedged on the concrete bridge on the right shoulder, blocking both eastbound lanes. Hoskins was transported to Minidoka Memorial Hospital with minor injuries where he was treated and released. His passenger, Willard Alexander, 36 from Louisiana, who was in the sleeper car, was not injured. Hoskins was wearing a seatbelt. Interstate 84 was shut down between mile marker 201 and 208 for approximately 6 hours. Idaho Department of Transportation provided traffic control, diverting traffic around the crash scene. The crash is being investigated by Tpr. J. Kilton, Tpr L. Torix, and CVS Officer S. Smith. They were assisted by Minidoka Sheriff's Office, EMS, and Idaho Department of Transportation.


All eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 are open at this time.


East Bound Interstate 84 between mile markers 201 and 208 has been shut down due to an overturned commercial vehicle blocking the road. The road is going to be closed for an extended period of time as crews work to remove the semi, possibly up to several hours. Traffic is being diverted at exit 201 up to Paul and back on the interstate at exit 208.


Due to this crash, ITD has shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 between mile markers 201-208. Traffic is being rerouted off at exit 201 to Paul and back down to exit 208. Further updates will be posted as information is received.


At this time, Idaho State Police is investigating a one vehicle rollover involving a commercial vehicle. The east bound lanes of interstate 84 at mile marker 203 are completely blocked by the semi truck and trailer. Officers and EMS are on scene working to get the crash removed. Please avoid this area if possible.