Monday, July 24, 2017

Final *Update* On Crash Blocking I84 at 196.5

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

For Immediate Release: 07/24/2017 11:40 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

***Final Update***

On Monday, July 24, 2017, at 6:23 pm, Idaho State Police investigated an injury crash, eastbound on I84 at mile marker 196.5, east of the Hazelton Exit.

Terence K. Perry, 34, of Normangee, TX, was driving westbound on the eastbound side of I84 in the one-lane construction zone, in a 2000 Peterbilt semi truck pulling a trailer. Thomas J. Drexel, 67, of Tucson, AZ, was also driving westbound in a 2003 Toyota pick-up pulling a camp trailer. Perry struck the rear of the camp trailer, drove through the median, and came to rest on the actual westbound lanes of I84. Michael R. Sobotka, 59, of Jerome, ID, was driving eastbound in a 2005 Kenworth semi truck pulling a trailer. In an attempt to avoid the crash, Sobotka struck the pick-up, lost control, and overturned the Kenworth.

Sobotka, along with two of Drexel's passengers, Shawn J. Volker, 37, of Tucson, AZ and a juvenile, were all transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, ID. Perry and Drexel were not transported.

Both lanes of travel were blocked for approximately five hours. The lanes are re-opened.



Both the westbound and eastbound lanes are blocked. All traffic is being diverted to the frontage roads.



The crash is blocking eastbound traffic, not westbound as originally stated.

Idaho State Police is currently responding to a crash westbound I-84 between milepost 196 and 197, west of Burley.
The westbound lanes are completely blocked at this time.