Crash Near Declo Involves Onions, Multiple Vehicles, No Injuries


Idaho State Police officers responded to reports of a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near Declo Jan. 18. According to officials, the drivers of five vehicles sustained no injuries despite multiple collisions.

Amber L. Lidell-Thomas, 23, of Declo, was behind the wheel of a 1998 Toyota RAV-4 that broke down on the Snake River Bridge west of exit 216. A yet unnamed driver of a 2005 Peterbilt semi-truck then struck the rear of the Toyota in the first accident.

Katie Quinn, 27, of Boise, was passing both vehicles in the left travel lane in a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero, at which point Oleg V. Delekh, 34, of Meridian attempted to move into the left lane in a 2006 Volvo, striking both Quinn's vehicle and the Peterbilt.

A 2011 Peterbilt, driven by Keith C. Forsgren, 50, of Idaho Falls, then struck the rear of Delekh's Volvo.

According to officers, Delekh's Volvo was carrying a load of onions, which spilled out onto the roadway following the collision. Eastbound lanes of travel were blocked for approximately four hours while crews worked to remove the vehicles and onions strewn about the roadway.