Canyon County

Canyon pileup involves three vehicles, one boat and seven injuries

Two women riding in the back of a pickup truck were hospitalized and five other people had lesser injuries after a multi-vehicle accident late Thursday night on Idaho 55 at Riverside Road near Caldwell, according to Idaho State Police and hospital reports.

Christopher M. Donnelly, 29, of Nampa, turned right from Riverside Road onto eastbound Idaho 55 about 11:15 p.m. and his Chevrolet pickup crashed into a boat trailer towed by James W. Byerly, 66, of Boise, ISP reports.

The boat came off Byerly's trailer and hit a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven west on 55 by Heather A. Redburn, 34, of Wilder. Redburn then crashed into Donnelly’s pickup, ISP reports.

Two Nampa women ejected from the bed of Donnelly's pickup -- Asherlyn M. Opfer, 24, and Brittany A. Baxter-Stuchell, 28, -- were taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where Opfer was listed in serious condition Friday and Baxter-Stuchell was in fair condition. Donnelly and his front-seat passenger, 28-year-old Nicholas Scali of Nampa, were taken by private vehicle to Saint Al's, where Donnelly was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Redburn and two children riding with her were taken by private vehicle to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, ISP reports, and a hospital spokesman said Redburn was treated and released.

The crash is still under investigation.