Overnight crash backs up traffic on Interstate 84 for hours

Posted at 3:42 PM, Aug 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-20 17:42:40-04

Troopers with Idaho State Police are investigating a two vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 13, northeast of Parma.

According to investigators, Lavern Ford, 71, of Jefferson, Oregon was driving eastbound on the interstate in a 2015 Freightliner semi-truck pulling a box trailer.  They say that Ford drove off the right shoulder of the roadway around 3:29 a.m. Sunday.   Police say that when Ford returned to the road, he crossed through the median into westbound traffic, striking a 2004 Toyota Sienna driven by Gloria Estes, 57, of Kennewick, Washington.

Ford and Estes were transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.  Paul Ford, 44, a passenger in the semi, was taken by ground ambulance to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell. 

Police say that Estes was wearing a seatbelt, but neither man in the semi-truck was wearing a seatbelt.  

The westbound slow lane was blocked for approximately four hours.  The crash is still under investigation.