Idaho State Police say multiple drivers following other vehicles too closely on Interstate 84 Monday morning led to a chain-reaction crash near Five Mile Road that bogged down eastbound traffic.
According to ISP, the driver of a 2007 Nissan Murano started the chain at about 8:40 a.m. when, following too closely, the Murano rear-ended a 1999 Saturn SL. Four other vehicles collided in similar fashion behind them.
Three drivers were cited.
One driver who was not cited, 18-year-old Megan N. Felter, 18, of Boise , was taken to St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center, where a hospital spokesman said she was treated for unspecified injuries and released. Felter’s vehicle was the first to be rear-ended in the chain reaction, ISP reports.
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The crash blocked the left eastbound lane for about an hour and a half.
According to ISP, following too closely is one of the main causes of traffic accidents. ISP advises drivers to leave the proper amount of space between them and the cars in front of them to allow time to react to changing traffic patterns or traffic slowing or stopping.