Four confirmed dead after fiery I-84 crash, could include Mtn. Home airmen

The Ada County Coroner's Office confirmed Monday morning that four people were killed in a fiery car crash that involved seven vehicles on Saturday.

Police are working to notify next of kin of "multiple fatalities" following the crash on Interstate 84 that involved multiple passenger and commercial vehicles, Idaho State Police said.

ISP initially reported that two people were hospitalized at Saint Alphonsus in Boise after the crash. Mountain Home Air Force Base on Monday issued a release that said the crash involved three airmen stationed at the base.

"The forensic identification process will be taking place over the next several days due to the conditions of the decedents," a press release from the coroner's office stated. "Once forensic identification is made and proper next of kin notifications are complete, identification will be released."

The press release stated it may take several days to release the identification of all involved.

According to an ISP press release, the crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. on eastbound I-84 at milepost 47, near the Cloverdale Road overpass. A semi truck and SUV slowed for construction traffic while eastbound on the interstate. A second commercial truck struck the SUV and semi truck from behind. Four other vehicles were also involved.

Flames shot from the crash, which shut down I-84 overnight and into Sunday morning. The interstate reopened shortly after noon, but the Idaho Transportation Department said the Cloverdale overpass, which was damaged by fire, will remain closed indefinitely as crews survey the extent of the damage.

"Before opening up the interestate, we did have crews inspect the bridge — above and beneath it — to ensure there was no danger of debris falling off the underside of it," ITD spokesman Jake Melder said Monday. "There wasn't a danger there, so that's what allowed us to open the interstate."

Inspectors determined the overpass itself is unsafe, however, for vehicles. It will remain closed — possibly for several months — until repairs can be made.

Initial plans call for the damaged section to be removed and replaced.