Canyon County

Falling barrel strikes car, injures two near Caldwell

Four 55-gallon drums of hydrogen peroxide fell out of a truck and struck a car stopped for construction traffic on Interstate 84 after the driver swerved to avoid hitting the vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

The wreck took place at 12:08 p.m. on Interstate 84, near the Ustick Road overpass at Milepost 31.5.

Angela Simonis, 43, of Caldwell was traveling west in a 2006 Jeep Wrangler when she stopped behind traffic in a construction zone.

Jared Schlapia, 22, of Melba braked hard in a 2012 Chevy truck and swerved to the right. One of the barrels of hydrogen peroxide struck Simonis’ car, injuring the woman and her 15-year-old passenger.

The woman and the teenager were taken by ambulance to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell.

All three people involved in the wreck were wearing seat belts, according to the Idaho State Police, which is investigating the incident.

Westbound lanes were affected for an hour and half.