A series of crashes Tuesday tied up traffic for almost seven hours on Interstate 84 near between Garrity and Franklin boulevards.
The first crash was a three-vehicle collision at about 10:12 a.m., on the freeway’s westbound side.
According to Idaho State Police, Richard Adkins, 48, of Meridian, was driving a semi truck and pulling a diesel tanker in the left lane near milepost 37. A tire on the semi truck blew, and Adkins lost control of the truck, crossing the two right lanes. The truck hit a Chevrolet pickup driven by Mark Rose, a 54-year-old Nampa man. A tire from Adkins’ truck hit a pickup driven by Jose Tristan, 37, of Meridian.
The rest of the truck rolled and came to rest on the right shoulder, according to Idaho State Police, its trailer on top of the jersey barriers. The tanker was leaking diesel fuel. Rose’s pickup also rolled and came to rest on the same side of the freeway. Between them, the vehicles displaced 10 jersey barriers.
Adkins and Rose were both transported to St. Luke's hospital in Nampa by ground ambulance. Tristan, Adkins and Rose were all wearing seatbelts, according to Idaho State Police.
At about 12:15 p.m. — two hours after the first crash — a second crash occurred a little east of the first one. Randall Smith, a 61-year-old from Boise, crashed an SUV into a Dodge pickup driven by 47-year-old Nampa man Richard Beckstead. Smith was slowing for traffic caused by the first crash, and his SUV struck the side of Beckstead’s Dodge pickup. Both drives moved their vehicles to the right shoulder. It is unknown if either driver was wearing a seatbelt.
About 40 minutes later, at approximately 12:58 p.m., a third crash occurred near the site of the second one. According to Idaho State Police, Terryl Brown, 52, of Meridian crashed a Saturn into the back of a Hyundai driven by Susan Wood, 54, of Boise. The force of the collision pushed Wood’s car into the back of Nissan driven by Emma Deist, a 20-year-old from Pasco, Wash., and a truck-and-trailer combination driven by Stephen Herrick, 34, of Columbus Georgia.
Wood’s Hyundai came to rest against a tow truck that 29-year-old Caldwell man Joshua Weller had stopped on the shoulder to remove a vehicle from an earlier crash.
Brown and Wood were taken to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown. All of the drivers were wearing their seatbelts, according to Idaho State Police, except for Weller, who was outside his vehicle.
The first crash blocked the two right lanes. The second crash caused no additional lane closures. The third crash blocked all lanes for approximately an hour and a half. When that crash was cleared, the two right lanes were still blocked by the first crash. All the lanes were open by 5:00 p.m., according to Idaho State Police.