Eastbound Interstate 84 was blocked on Wednesday morning by a three-vehicle crash near Nampa’s Garrity exit, according to Idaho State Police and a tweet from Nampa Police Department. The crash was called in around 9:40 a.m. and caused delays for more than an hour.
Here’s what happened, according to an ISP press release: Carrie Lupton, 45, of Nampa, was driving a 2007 GMC Sierra pickup and trying to merge into an eastbound lane. She lost control of the pickup and hit a 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Lonnie Smith, 57, of Weiser. Smith’s tractor-trailer overturned, spilling a load of lumber and blocking two of the eastbound lanes.
A third car, a 2003 BMW 330 driven by Russel Njilay, 19, of Meridian, was also traveling east and struck debris from the initial crash.
All occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crashes. Smith was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Health Plaza in Nampa. Lanes remain blocked in the area while crews removed the tractor-trailer and the lumber from the scene.
Around 10:30 a.m., NPD tweeted that eastbound lanes were opening back up, though only three lanes were in operation and could lead to traffic delays. Exits 36 and 38 in Nampa remained open, the tweet said.