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Dump truck driver cited after crash that closed connector

No one was injured Tuesday morning after a dump truck pulling a flatbed trailer hit two other vehicles, blocking eastbound lanes of the Connector just east of Curtis Road for several hours.

The crash occured shortly after 8:40 a.m. According to Idaho State Police, Jamie Escarzaga, 57, of Nampa, was eastbound in the dump truck — carrying a Bobcat on the flatbed — when a vehicle in front of him braked hard and changed lanes. Escarzaga lost control of the dump truck, which moved into the adjacent lane and hit first a 2013 Ford Fusion, then a 2007 Jeep Compass. The flatbed trailer overturned, blocking 2 1/2 lanes of the freeway.

Escagarza was cited for following too close, ISP reports. The driver who hit her brakes and started the chain reaction left the scene, but troopers would like to talk to her if she comes forward.

Eastbound traffic was shifted onto the right shoulder of the highway while ISP investigated and cleared the crash scene. All lanes reopened after about three hours, according to ISP.

All involved wore seat belts, ISP reports, including the occupants of the Fusion and Compass: Stephanie Brown, 22, of Nampa, and Sunrise Ayers, 34, of Meridian, respectively.

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