MERIDIAN, Idaho -- More than 40 vehicles, including cars, SUVs, and a commercial logging truck crashed on I-84 westbound near Ten Mile Road on Thursday, blocking the westbound lanes of the freeway for nearly five hours.
Idaho State Police say at least 10 people were transported to area hospitals with various injuries after the crash. At least 44 vehicles are thought to be involved.
Dense fog and slippery conditions are thought be major contributing factors.
KTVB Reporter Scott Evans reports the most serious crash involved a fully-loaded logging truck with a small passenger car pinned underneath one of the rear axles.
Police say the chain of events started as troopers were clearing an earlier crash around 9 a.m. Thursday. They say fog quickly obscured the roadway, and that's when the passenger car tried to switch lanes, clipped another car and spun out.
Officers say the driver of a logging truck tried to swerve and avoid the car, but smashed into it, dragging the car and its driver down the freeway. Troopers say the man inside the car was seriously injured, but is expected to live.
Firefighters were forced to cut into that car, along with several others, in order to extricate victims trapped after the crash.
Six other agencies helped Idaho State Police in the wake of the crashes. At one point, traffic on I-84 heading west was backed up for close to two miles.
KTVB Photojournalist Eric Turner reports a ValleyRide bus was detoured to the scene to pick up stranded drivers.
A series of Tweets by the Idaho State Police, KTVB Reporter Bonnie Shelton, and KTVB Reporter Scott Evans illustrate the accident response.
WBI-84 blocked completely between 10 Mile & Garrity. Traffic diverted at Meridian. Multiple crashes. Update on number when done counting.— Idaho State Police (@IdahoStPolice) January 9, 2014
Chain of events started as troopers were clearing earlier crash and fog rolled in quickly. Car tried to move over an clipped another car.— Idaho State Police (@IdahoStPolice) January 9, 2014
Logging truck clipped other semis, hit 1st car and pulled and rolled down interstate. Driver has serious injuries. Family being notified.— Idaho State Police (@IdahoStPolice) January 9, 2014
#Troopers and tow trucks working feverishly to get the interstate lanes open. We hope to have a couple lanes open in the next 40 minutes.— Idaho State Police (@IdahoStPolice) January 9, 2014