Five separate crashes occurred within a 7-mile stretch of Interstate 84 around 8:44 a.m. Friday in Payette County, according to Idaho State Police. One of the crashes involved an ambulance that was on scene to help victims.
The New Plymouth Quick Response Unit ambulance was involved in a crash while responding to an accident on Interstate 84 near Payette, according to the Payette County Sheriff’s Office. The ambulance was rear-ended when it was stopping on the interstate, and the collision sent it through the median and across the other side of the highway, ISP Lt. Andy Creech said.
Both paramedics were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and were released, Creech told the Statesman.
The multi-vehicle crash involving the ambulance occurred on westbound I-84 at mile marker 6. Marissa E. Bradsher, 36, of Nampa, who was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado, was also involved. She was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Ontario.
Kolby Fuller, 26, of Meridian, was driving a 2005 Ford F350 truck pulling a trailer at the time of the crash, but he was not taken to a hospital. Also involved was Kyle Ward, who was driving a 2002 Subaru Legacy. Ward, who ISP estimated to be age 20, was transported to St. Luke’s in Fruitland.
New Plymouth Quick Response is a volunteer ambulance service that operates on donations. The crash totaled the unit’s only ambulance, but officials are talking with Payette County Paramedics to try to borrow one, Creech said.
The following four crashes also occurred on the interstate Friday morning.
- A single-vehicle crash occurred on eastbound I-84 at mile marker 13. Frederick J. Nungaray, 60, of Ontario, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado. Nungaray and his passenger, Sylvia Nungaray, 62, also from Ontario, were transported by ground ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
- A two-vehicle crash occurred at mile marker 6.2 on westbound I-84. Jaafar K. Jaafar, 38, of Boise, was driving a 2012 GMC van with a passenger, Maher Mahmood, 51, of Boise. The other vehicle, a 2018 Kia Soul, was being driven by Helena E. M. Gilbert, 45, of Caldwell. None of the people involved in the crash were hospitalized.
- A single-vehicle crash on eastbound I-84 occurred at mile marker 6. Benjamin A. Smith, 20, of Payette, was driving a 1992 Toyota van. He was transported to St. Luke’s in Fruitland.
- A separate single vehicle-crash occurred on eastbound I-84 near mile marker 13.5. Nicholas D. Clem, 32, of Nampa, was driving a 2002 Ford F250 pulling a car dolly. He was not transported to the hospital.
The Idaho Transportation Department is dispatching trucks to spread deicer and sand on the roadways to combat the black ice, according to Payette County officials.
The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 were blocked before noon, but have since reopened.