Sunday, January 15, 2012

Three Vehicle Fatality Crash on Interstate 84 East of Mountain Home

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford, Meridian 83642
(208) 846-7550
Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 01/15/12 4:10 a.m.
Contact: Master Corporal Porupsky

On January 14, 2012, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a three vehicle fatality crash Westbound I84 at milepost 108, 13 miles east of Mountain Home in Elmore County. Taylor Sauer, 18 of Caldwell, ID, driving a 2004 Saturn Vue, was traveling west on Interstate 84 near milepost 108. David Seefried, 49 of Heyburn, ID, driving a 2011 International Semi pulling a tanker trailer, was traveling west on Interstate 84 in the right lane of travel, up a long grade at approximately fifteen miles per hour. Sauer impacted the rear of the tanker and then was struck by a 2003 Volvo Semi pulling a trailer, driven by Slawomir Porada, 42 of St. Louis, MO. Porada after impacting the Saturn Vue, drove off the road way. Sauer was pronounced dead at the scene. Porada was transported by ground ambulance to Elmore Medical Center in Mountain Home. Seat belts were worn by all. Alcohol was not a factor in this crash.

The westbound lanes were blocked for approximately an hour. Traffic was reduced to a single lane for three hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

The crash is under investigation by Master Corporal Porupsky, and assisted by Sergeant Cagle, Specialist Bailey, Specialist Carmack, Trooper Higley, Elmore County Sheriff's Office and emergency personnel.