Woman hospitalized after car-semi crash that blocked Fairview

December 27, 2013 

Alcohol may have been a factor in an early morning wreck that blocked all four lanes of Fairview Avenue after a driver reportedly ran a stop sign and her pickup truck hit a semi hauling milk, Idaho State Police report.

The crash happened at about 3:30 a.m. at the intersection of Fairview and Hartman Street near Curtis Road. Diesel leaked from the semi's tanks, and a section of Fairview was closed for more than six hours, forcing commuters and others to take alternate routes while crews cleaned up the site.

Burgundi Bateman, 30, of Idaho Falls, was southbound on Hartman when she failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a westbound semi driven by Scott Earls, 46, of Meridian, according to an ISP news release. Both the tractor and trailer fell over, landing on the driver's side and blocking all four lanes on Fairview. Bateman's vehicle continued through the intersection and struck an unoccupied vehicle in the Ultimate Tint and Wheel parking lot.

Bateman, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of unspecified injuries. She was listed in serious condition Friday afternoon.

Earls, who was wearing a seat belt, was not transported, ISP reports.

This crash is still under investigation by ISP. Boise police assisted at the scene.

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