Canyon County

Trooper helping motorist narrowly avoids being hit by car in Nampa

An unusual chain-reaction accident Tuesday afternoon slowed traffic on Interstate 84 in Nampa, and an Idaho State Police motorcycle trooper narrowly escaped serious injury.

ISP spokeswoman Teresa Baker told KIVI-TV, Channel 6, a semi-truck driver was westbound on the freeway about 2:30 p.m. when the driver changed lanes without seeing a car in the lane. The truck inadvertently forced the driver off the Interstate and into the median, Baker said.

An ISP motorcycle trooper arrived minutes later and was able to help the driver up the median and onto the pavement, ISP reports. As the trooper climbed back onto his motorcycle, he saw another car approaching.

“The second car came from behind,” Baker told Channel 6. “For some reason, the driver lost control and swerved to the left. The trooper was able to jump off his bike and into the median. The second car then T-boned the first car.”

The driver of the car that was forced off the road was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. The trooper had minor injuries, Baker said.

The accident backed up traffic for at least one mile between the Nampa and Franklin boulevards exits. Nampa police are investigating the crash.