Meridian man John Goade, 73, set off a domino tumble of crashes at about 4:15 Thursday on the Connector’s westbound side.
The mayhem started when Goade didn’t slow enough to adjust to slow-moving westbound traffic near the Milwaukee Street on-ramp. The semi truck and trailer he was driving struck the back of a 2010 Mercury Mariner driven by Meridian woman Amy Jones, 50, according to an Idaho State Police news release.
The force of the collision pushed Jones’ Mercury into a 2007 Nissan Versa driven by 27-year-old Boise woman Susan Graham, whose car was pushed into a 2001 Ford Focus driven by Kenneth Rist of Colorado. Rists’ car was then pushed into a Ford van driven by 40-year-old Nampa man Gary Ferreira.
Graham, her passenger Bryan Graham, 27, of Boise, and Jones, were transported by ground ambulance to the nearby St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
Two lanes of travel were blocked for about 3 hours.
All the people involved were wearing seatbelts, according to the news release.