Saturday, February 2, 2013

Wrong Way Driver Hits Semi Near Jerome

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

For Immediate Release: 2-2-2013 11:20am

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On Saturday, February 2, 2013, at approximately 4:00am, the Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle crash on Interstate 84 at mile marker 160, near Jerome. Martin Steele, 51 from Salt Lake City, UT, was travelling west on Interstate 84 in a 2007 Volvo semi-tractor pulling two box trailers. A juvenile male, 17 from Jerome, was in a white Chevrolet Traverse travelling east in the westbound lanes. The juvenile struck the semi head on, as Steele tried to swerve to avoid a collision. The male juvenile then struck the first trailer on the semi causing the Traverse to come to a stop on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes. The semi truck stopped in the left lane, blocking the westbound lanes. The Interstate was blocked for four hours from milepost 165 to 157. Steele was not injured in the crash. The male juvenile was transported by ground ambulance to North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding, ID. The juvenile's name is not being released at this time due to pending criminal charges. The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.