Major crash on I-84 sends multiple to hospital

Posted at 7:00 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-25 16:01:54-04

NAMPA — Traffic is moving smoothly again on I-84 in Nampa, after a multi-vehicle crash involving a semi Friday evening.

The crash, which authorities say involved at least six vehicles, clogged the westbound lanes near exit 36 and sent multiple people to the hospital Friday evening, at the start of the busy Memorial Day weekend.

Police did express frustration with some drivers, saying, in a tweet, that some people were illegally driving down the on-ramp to get off the interstate.

ISP says the following drivers were involved in the accident:
- Gary Taber, 73, of Pendleton, Oregon - 2015 Freightliner tractor hauling a trailer loaded with flour
- Guadalupe Luna Vargas, 22, of Caldwell - 2007 Toyota Yaris
- Lucas Wynn, 44, of Meridian - 2013 Dodge Challenger
- Bria McCulley, 23, of Caldwell - 2015 Kia Soul
- Reyes Lopez-Hernandez, 32, of Caldwell - 2001 Dodge Dakota
- Brad Barnum, 36, of Boise - 2017 Toyota Highlander
- Eric Flores, 36, of Twin Falls - 2015 Ford Fusion

Taber was driving west on I-84 near milepost 36 when he collided with the rear of Flores' Ford Fusion. This caused a chain-reaction crash between all other vehicles involved.

Luna Vargas, McCulley, and McCulley's passenger were all transported to St. Luke's in Nampa. Flores was transported to Saint Alphonsus in Nampa. It is unknown whether seat belts were worn.

Westbound lanes of I-84 were blocked for about ninety minutes while crews worked to clear the scene.