BOISE, Idaho — Snow fell in the Treasure Valley overnight and Ada County Dispatch says it received 29 reports of vehicle crashes as of 10:35 Friday morning.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office says four of the crashes had injuries. There were also three hit-and-runs and three slide-offs.
Ada County got its first dose of slippery commute winter weather this morning. Dispatchers got reports for 29 vehicle crashes (including 4 with injuries and 3 hit-and-runs) and 3 slide-offs. Try to give yourself extra time — and extra patience on these snowy mornings if possible.— Ada County Sheriff (@AdaCoSheriff) December 10, 2021
Boise Police also said they responded to multiple crashes on the interstate and surrounding roads.
Idaho State Police troopers responded to 22 crashes and at least 14 slide-offs in 12 hours. One trooper was hit while in his vehicle at I-84 and Orchard while helping with a crash. The trooper was taken to the hospital, treated and released.
Traffic Alert UPDATE: In 12 hrs, midnight to noon, ISP Troopers responded to 22 crashes and at least 14 slideoffs, most on I84. Elmore County was hit hard early and Ada County near Orchard saw multiple crashes during morning drive time.— Idaho State Police District 3 (@ISPWesternIdaho) December 10, 2021
One Trooper assisting a crash was hit pic.twitter.com/7rhBL4ZwZa
A second trooper was also hit while in his vehicle helping with a crash but was not injured, according to ISP. ISP helped with three injury crashes on I-84 Friday morning but none of the injuries appear serious.
In northern Idaho, a snowplow was hit on I-90 near Rose Lake by a driver who was trying to pass on the right, according to the Idaho Transportation Department. No one was injured in this crash, but the plow was off the road for two hours to check for damage during the storm.
Last night, a plow on I-90 near Rose Lake was hit by a driver who tried to pass on the right.— ITD (@IdahoITD) December 10, 2021
No one was injured, but the plow was off the road for two hours to check for damage during the storm, spreading our crews thin and resulting in worse conditions for other drivers. pic.twitter.com/qnCJBv6k3U
ITD reminds drivers to give snowplows extra room and to never pass them on the right. During the winter months, it's important to give yourself extra travel time to allow for slow and safe driving.
Drivers are encouraged to check the road conditions and the cameras on the Idaho 511 website. It is also encouraged to keep a winter emergency kit in your car as well.