BURLEY — A Washington man died in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 early Wednesday morning west of the Burley interchange in Minidoka County, police say.
Laura L. Smith, 53, of Kempner, Texas, was eastbound in a 2007 Dodge pickup, hauling a 2003 Cadillac Seville on a 2012 U-Haul trailer, according to an Idaho State Police statement. Smith drove off the right shoulder, came back on the roadway, drove through the median and collided with a westbound FedEx tractor-trailer.
Richard D. Johnson, an 81-year-old passenger in Smith’s Dodge, was flown to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, where he died. Johnson was not wearing a seatbelt.
Smith and another passenger, 59-year-old Robert P. Smith of Kempner, Texas, were taken by ambulance to Minidoka Memorial in Rupert. Laura Smith was later flown to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. She was wearing a seatbelt, ISP said.
Smith’s Cadillac Seville came off the trailer and struck a westbound 2003 Jeep Liberty, driven by Cody J. Cartisser, 18, of Jerome, ISP said. Cartisser was driven by personal vehicle to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
James J. Petrik, 51, of Leavenworth, Kan., was driving the FedEx truck, pulling double trailers. His passenger was Carlomagno Gomez-Candia, 57, of Olathe, Kan.
Idaho State Police, Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office, West End Fire Department and the Idaho Department of Transportation are investigating.