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UPDATE: Lanes open on I-84 after crash near Eden

UPDATE: Lanes open on I-84 after crash near Eden

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A crash spilled lumber across Interstate 84 Thursday afternoon.

EDEN — A crash injured one person and spilled lumber across Interstate 84 Thursday afternoon, closing eastbound lanes for about four hours.

Idaho State Police said the crash happened at 1:15 p.m. near milepost 187, east of Eden.

Traffic was backed up past milepost 192 by 2 p.m. The interstate was partially open again by 3, but the investigation continued for another two hours, ISP said.

The crash began when a 2009 Peterbuilt semi-tractor hauling potatoes driven by Juan Vela, 41, of Pasco, Washington, rear ended a 2020 Freightliner semi-tractor with a flatbed trailer hauling lumber, ISP. The Freightliner and other vehicles had slowed for construction traffic.

The Freightliner, driven by Eric Whitfield, 41, of Laramie, Wyoming, sent lumber across the highway and damaged the trailer of a 2016 Kenworth semi-tractor with a 53 foot enclosed van, driven by Faizan Ahmad, 27, of Sacramento, California.

Vela was taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls.

All drivers were wearing seat belts.


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