Update: 3-vehicle crash clogs I-84 west between Meridian and the Wye

May 21, 2014 

A platform from a boat fell onto westbound Interstate 84 near Meridian late Wednesday morning, sparking a 3-vehicle injury crash that brought westbound traffic to a standstill for about 90 minutes, Idaho State Police report.

The chain reaction started about 11:20 a.m. when a Dodge Neon driven by Elijah Paul, 19, of Caldwell hit a ski/swim platform that had fallen from a boat, police said. Paul’s vehicle came to a stop in the far-left lane and was rear-ended by a Chevrolet van driven by William Diehl, 31, of Meridian. The impact rotated the Neon across the westbound lanes, where it was hit by a tractor-trailer driven by Yu Huang, 41, of San Gabriel, Calif.

Paul and his passenger, Ryan Beers, 18, of Caldwell were transported by ambulance to St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Meridian for treatment of injuries. All occupants of all vehicles were wearing seatcbelts, Idaho State Police report.

The accident happened at milepost 45 west of Meridian, and traffic backed up as far east as Five Mile Road — about 3 miles, according to the Ada County Highway District.

ISP investigators ask any witnesses to the crash or anyone with information regarding the loss of the swim platform from a ski boat to call 846-7550.

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