MERIDIAN — Two rollover crashes that occurred within a short time of each other Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 84 sent at least three people to the hospital and tied up traffic for hours.
The first crash, which involved two vehicles, occurred at about 2 p.m. at the eastbound I-84 offramp to Meridian Road, near Roaring Springs water park, according to Idaho State Police.
Police said a a red Dodge Stratus driven by Edward J. Godina, 19, of Caldwell, was traveling at a high rate of speed and rear-ended a Chevy Cruze driven by Michael Jenson, 24 of Twin Falls. The impact caused Jenson's vehicle to hit the median, and the Stratus rolled.
Godina was ejected and transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. He was listed in serious condition Wednesday morning.
Jenson and his passenger were also transported to Saint Al's. They were wearing seat belts, ISP said.
The eastbound lanes of travel were blocked for approximately two hours as the crash was being investigated.
A second rollover crash also occurred Tuesday on westbound I-84. The wreck was just west of Locust Grove Road. Few details about that crash were available late Tuesday. However, an Ada County sheriff's spokesman said someone had to be extricated from a vehicle.
All lanes of I-84 were later reopened.