Sunday, April 14, 2013

***UPDATE***Multiple vehicle pile up on Interstate 86

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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: April 14, 2013 at 3:38 a.m.


On April 13, 2013, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated multiples crashes on Interstate 86, at milepost 50, west of Pocatello, ID. Due to blowing dust, visibility was at zero to near zero conditions. Vehicles piled up in both the eastbound and westbound lanes of travel. Injured subjects were transported by ground ambulance to either Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, ID., or Harms Memorial Hospital in American Falls, ID.

At this time, names and vehicle information is still being gathered. When complete information is available, a full media release will be issued.


East and west Interstate 86 is now open to all traffic.


At this time, traffic is completely blocked from milepost 49 to 61 on the eastbound and westbound sides of Interstate 86 and will not be diverted due to the lack of visibility on side roads.

***End of Update***

Idaho State Police is currently on location of a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 86, west of Pocatello, between mileposts 51 and 52. Eastbound and westbound lanes of travel are currently blocked. Due to blowing dust, there is zero visibility in the area. Traffic is being diverted from Rainbow Rd, Exit 49, to the Chubbuck exit, Exit 61. All motorists are requested to avoid the area at this time. Updates will be released as they become available.