EDEN — Idaho State Police responded to three crashes involving nine vehicles Monday afternoon on Interstate 84 near Eden. Several people were taken to local hospitals with injuries, and some vehicles — including a semitrailer — had to be towed.
“These were all kind of a result of our fatal crash that we had,” ISP Sgt. Tagg Williams told the Times-News. “It’s just people not paying attention to what they’re doing (while) driving in the construction zone.”
Just before noon, ISP had responded to a crash on a frontage road just south of the interstate near Eden. That rear-end crash resulted in the death of one Rupert man.
Meanwhile, as police were working to clear that scene, drivers on I-84 were slowing down to look at the crash and take pictures or videos, Williams said. Drivers began following too closely behind one another, and this resulted in three separate three-vehicle collisions.
Two of the crashes occurred on I-84 eastbound at milepost 187. The other happened at westbound I-84 at milepost 193 and involved a semitrailer and a delivery truck.
Compounding the issue was the construction zone limiting traffic to one lane in each direction. Intermittent rain also made the roads wet and increased the distance needed to stop, Williams said.
“Once we get so many cars packing in there because of summer driving, it becomes a chain reaction,” he said. “People need to pay attention.”
Several vehicles were substantially damaged, and several people were taken to Rupert and Twin Falls hospitals. One woman had a suspected broken wrist but refused transport, Williams said.
This was the same construction zone where a five-vehicle crash occurred on Saturday and sent two people to the hospital. That crash happened when westbound traffic had slowed and a pickup with a trailer rear-ended a car, pushing it into another car, which got pushed into oncoming traffic.