A Nibley man was involved in a three vehicle accident near Idaho Falls Friday afternoon. The accident occurred as law enforcement agencies continue to advise caution to those traveling to view Monday’s Solar Eclipse.
Idaho State Police report Christopher Field was driving a 2000 Sierra pickup truck northbound on I-15. The truck was pulling a trailer. Officers said the 40-year-old failed to yield to slowing traffic on the road, rear-ending a 2007 Mazda M3 and a 2010 Ford F-250 pickup.
The impacts pushed both vehicles into the median guard rail. Field’s truck came to a rest in the right lane of travel.
Officers report everyone involved were wearing seat belts. No one was severely injured.
The right lane of travel was blocked for approximately one-hour while crews cleared the accident.
The Utah Division of Emergency Management is urging those traveling to areas within the eclipse’s path of totality to expect crowds, lines and traffic. In a press release they advise people to be prepared by following several tips.
· Have snacks, water, first aid supplies on hand.
· Have an emergency kit and an emergency plan. Make sure family members back home know your schedule, when you are expected to return and your plan if something happens.
· Have full tank of gas prior to going and coming home.
· Stock up like you’re preparing for a snow day. Stock up on gas, food and supplies.
· Follow the guidance of local public safety officials.
· Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination throughout the weekend. Traffic will be heavy with large crowds going to and from events all weekend.
· Be prepared for cell service overloads. There may be service disruptions due to the increase in visitors using networks.
The solar eclipse will begin Monday at approximately 10:30 a.m. and be completely obscured by 11:30 a.m.
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