Boise & Garden City

Three injured in chain-reaction wreck involving Boise man

Jacob Laird, 27, of Boise was headed east on Highway 20 near the Idaho-Montana border at about 9:25 p.m. Sunday when he lost control of his 2008 Subaru Tribeca and struck an unoccupied Fremont County deputy’s vehicle, the Idaho State Police reported.

Two deputies were helping load a vehicle onto a tow truck after it hit a deer on Highway 20 near the Howard Springs turnout. One of the deputies was hit by the Ford Expedition sheriff’s vehicle after it was struck by Laird.

The Expedition then struck a 2008 GMC Sierra and a second sheriff’s Expedition that were parked together.

Rance Dye, 39, of Island Park, the owner of the Sierra, also was injured when he was struck by the first police vehicle, ISP reports. He and the deputy were taken by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. A juvenile passenger standing outside Dye’s vehicle was taken to the same hospital by ground ambulance.

The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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