Wednesday crashes block interstate, injure one

November 13, 2013 

Traffic snarled on the interstate Wednesday morning when a car collided with a semi truck near Northside Boulevard just after 5 a.m. Idaho State Police say that 44-year-old Manuel Espinzoza-Solario of Nampa attempted to merge his Honda Civic onto the eastbound interstate from the onramp.

Espinzoza-Solario began to drive on the shoulder to get around a pair of semi trucks on the interstate, police said. He was speeding up to pass the trucks when he collided with the side of a semi driven by 67-year-old Martin Ortiz of Caldwell.

After hitting the other vehicle, Espinzoza-Solario’s car slammed into the guardrail, coming to rest on the right shoulder, police said. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and neither was hurt. The wreck blocked the right lane for about two hours.

An hour later, another wreck caused traffic to snarl, this time at Garrity Boulevard near the onramp to eastbound I-84. Nampa resident Lydia Hernandez-Avila, 52, was headed north on Garrity Boulevard when she slammed into the passenger side of a car that had turned in front of her.

Police say the other driver, 52-year-old Michael Hyde, was heading south when he turned in front of Hernandez-Avila’s car towards the eastbound onramp. Hyde was unhurt in the crash, but Hernandez-Avila was injured. Police say she was taken to Saint Alphonsus in Nampa.

Police did not know if either driver was wearing a seatbelt. The crashes remain under investigation.

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