Car Hauler Plows Flatbedder Setting Off 11-Vehicle Chain Reaction Crash
Caldwell, Idaho – Police say a truck driver hauling cars failed to slow and plowed into a flatbed semi-truck setting off an 11-vehicle pileup along I-84 in Idaho on Friday.
According to Idaho State Police (ISP), Joseph Bryant, 49 of Eagle Mountain, UT was driving a 2016 Volvo semi-truck and hauling a load of automobiles along eastbound I-84 when he failed to slow for stopped traffic at milepost 21.
Bryant’s big rig plowed into the rear of an empty flatbed semi-trailer being pulled by a Freightliner and driven by Steven Hale, 67 of Nampa, ID, investigators said.
The impact of the collision caused the flatbed semi to jack-knife which set off a chain reaction crash that involved a total of 11-vehicles, ISP said.
One of the vehicles involved was a Payette County Ambulance.
However, 5 people, including both truck drivers were injured and taken by ambulance to nearby hospitals.
ISP has not yet released an update on their conditions.
The wreckage from the crash blocked all eastbound lanes for more than 7 hours on Friday causing significant travel delays.
ISP has not yet released any findings as to why Bryant failed to slow.
The crash is still under investigation.
(Images courtesy of ISP)