BOISE — The chaos started when a Meridian woman driving a Ford Explorer hit the back of a logging truck at about 5 a.m. on eastbound Interstate 84 at milepost 49, near the interchange with the Connector. Idaho State Police say the driver of the logging truck had been arrested on a narcotics charge earlier that morning, and a tow operator was pulling the logging trailer from the scene when it was struck.
Sheila Clark, 76, was transported to the hospital by an ambulance after the crash, and police blocked the two right lanes of the interstate.
As cars backed up behind the first wreck, police were called to another crash on eastbound I-84 near Cloverdale Road. Police say driver Shawn Stout, 23, of Kuna, was driving a Dodge Dakota when he slowed for congestion ahead of him.
Stout was rear-ended by 65-year-old Val Hill of Meridian, who was driving a Honda Odyssey van. The impact pushed Stouts car into the vehicle in front of him, a Kia Optima driven by 44-year-old Rogelio Olvera of Marsing. All three were wearing seatbelts, police say, but Stout was injured in the crash and taken to a local hospital.
That crash closed all but one eastbound lane for about two hours, causing traffic to back up for almost seven miles at one point.
The congestion caused problems for more drivers: at 6:45 a.m. a Nampa man caused a third crash when trying to switch lanes just east of Meridian Road, police say. Boyd Parrish, 52, was making a change to the left lane when traffic ahead of him abruptly slowed. Parrish crashed into a Mitsubishi Outlander driven by 29-year-old Rachel Bennett of Nampa.
Neither driver was injured in the wreck, police say.
Just before 8 a.m., a three-car wreck blocked traffic again, this time on the westbound side of I-84 near Eagle Road. Police say 32-year-old Joshua Tuttle of Boise swerved to the right to avoid slowing traffic in front of him. The driver behind him, 28-year-old Ashley Hansen of Boise, had been unable to see around his Ford E350 Super Duty truck and crashed into the back of the vehicle that had been in front of Tuttle.
Her Ford ZX2 slammed into the back of a Chrysler Sebring driven by 48-year-old Andre Zeh of Boise. The force of the collision sent Zehs car into a third car: a Mazda 3 driven by 44-year-old David Smith.
Zeh who was hurt in the crash, was transported to St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center by ambulance. Three of the four westbound lanes were blocked as officers worked to clear that wreck.
Almost 50 minutes later, another driver was rear-ended when traffic unexpectedly slowed just east of Five Mile Road. Police say 37-year-old Edward Burke of Boise was looking to the left before attempting to switch lanes when the Pontiac Grand Am in front of him slowed and he hit it.
Neither the Grand Ams driver, 24-year-old Shandy Carroll of Boise, nor Burke were injured in the wreck.