Six people were hospitalized Saturday afternoon after two separate but related crashes on Idaho 55 north of Horseshoe Bend Hill, according to Idaho State Police.
The the crashes occurred shortly before 4:41 p.m. near mile marker 58. The highway was shut down for about three hours.
The first crash occurred after the driver of a south-bound vehicle stopped along the highway so that a different driver could take over. Police say 17-year-old Meridian driver Makaylah N. Griffin pulled the 2000 Nissan Xterra to the right but the vehicle remained in the lane of travel.
The driver of a 1997 Ford Aero Van that was traveling south on the highway did not see Xterra stopped in the lane of travel in time to stop, police said. The driver of that vehicle was 71-year-old Edsel O. Martin of Caldwell.
Martin's van struck the back of the SUV. The force of the collision push the SUV into Christian N. McIntosh, an 18-year-old from Meridian. McIntosh was walking in front of the SUV so that he could take over driving for Griffin.
Andrew P. McFarland, a 40-year-old Boise driver, was traveling south on Idaho 55 when he came upon the crash. He slowed as he approached it, police said.
McFarland's 2001 Subaru Legacy was then struck from behind by a 1997 Toyota Camry. The driver of the Camry was 19-year-old Boisean Kendall R. Gregory.
Griffin, McIntosh, and two passengers in the Xterra were transported to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Gregory and and a passenger in the Camry were also hospitalized. No information on their conditions was available Sunday afternoon.
Police said all of the drivers and passengers in the crashes were wearing seat belts except Griffin and McIntosh, who were in the process of switching drivers.