Thick fog was believed to be the cause of a 44 vehicle pile-up, west of Boise, Idaho, Thursday morning. The accidents occurred along a one-mile stretch of I-84, between Ten Mile and Black Cat roads.
Idaho State Police said seven people were sent to local hospitals. The most serious injury was to Jose D. Silva-Cuellar, of Meridian. He was driving a 2011 Subaru Forester that was hit by a logging truck, driven by Cory D. Ford, of Emmett. Silva-Cuellar was trapped in the Forester. It took crews about an hour to extricate him from the vehicle. He was transported by ground ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
Several drivers were cited for driving too fast for conditions. Police say there may be other citations issued.
The accidents blocked westbound I-84 for approximately five hours.
While the weather conditions may have been a factor in the crashes, Idaho State Police believe that these types of crashes can be avoided if drivers pay attention to changing weather conditions and changes to the road surface. Drivers should change their driving behaviors by slowing down and allowing more space between vehicles.
The Idaho State Police were assisted by Nampa Fire Department, Meridian Fire Department, Ada County Paramedics, Canyon County Paramedics, Ada County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho Department of Transportation.