Fourth victim identified in fiery Interstate crash

Fourth victim identified in fiery Interstate crash
Posted at 11:54 AM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 15:21:36-04

The Ada County Coroner’s Office has identified the fourth person who was killed in a fiery seven-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 west of Boise Saturday night.

Coroner Dotti Owens says Illya Tsar, 42, of Rochester, New York, was the driver of a semi-truck that was involved in the collision.

Owens says the man died of “thermal and inhalation injuries” due to the crash.

Tsar’s relatives have been notified.

Flames from the vehicle fires damaged the Cloverdale Road overpass. The Idaho Transportation Department and the Ada County Highway District are deciding how best to repair the bridge.

On Wednesday, the Mountain Home Air Force Base released the names of the three airmen who were also killed. They are: Senior Airman Carlos V. Johnson, of the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron; Senior Airman Lawrence P. Manlapit III, of the 391st Fighter Squadron; and Senior Airman Karlie A. Westall, of the 366th Operations Support Squadron.

"I am devastated by the loss of our Airmen," said Col. Joe Kunkel, 366th Fighter Wing commander. "The upcoming weeks will be tough on all of us, but I know the Gunfighter family will pull together to support each other as well as the family and friends impacted by this tragic event."

According to the Idaho State Police, a commercial vehicle and an SUV were traveling eastbound on the Interstate, when they slowed for construction traffic. A second commercial vehicle struck the SUV and the first commercial vehicle from behind.  Four other vehicles were also involved in the crash.  

Two occupants were transported by ground ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Idaho State Police is investigating the accident.