Friday, December 4, 2015

Commercial Vehicle Crash on Interstate 84 near Caldwell Causes Traffic Delays

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

For Immediate Release: 12/4/2015 6:20 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On Friday, December 04, 2015, at 1:35 p.m., the Idaho State investigated a commercial vehicle property damage crash on Interstate 84 at mile 26, the Notus exit.

Stephen Dick, 61 years old of Eagle, was driving eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 26 in the far left lane when he had a tire failure and crashed into the concrete median barrier. The barrier dislodged and went into the westbound lanes of travel, completely blocking the interstate. The 1998 Western Semi, hauling a 50,000 pound piece of construction equipment, slid down the concrete barrier for several 100 feet. The equipment became lodged on the median barrier and the tractor ruptured its fuel tank where a significant amount of fuel was spilled. Dick was wearing a seatbelt and no citation was issued.

The Idaho Department of Transportation is involved in repairing the damaged barrier, cleaning up the fuel spill, and traffic control. A private contractor was also brought in to clean the spill as well.

Both the eastbound and the westbound lanes were blocked for a considerable amount of time. The westbound lanes were opened at 5:30 p.m. The eastbound lanes reopened at 6:15 p.m.

This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.