Idaho State Police later reported that an Audi was traveling in the far right lane of Interstate 84 near the Meridian Road exit when the driver attempted to change lanes to the left. But during the lane change, the Audi struck a Mercury Mountaineer in the driver's side rear corner, and then pulled out in front of an ABF freight semi, pulling two trailers in the number three lane. Another vehicle, a Nissan Armada was then pushed into a Honda Accord in the right lane.
ISP said the ABF's steering was believed to be disabled by the impact. The ABF then veered into the far right lane where it struck a Kia Optima and a cement barrier. One of the trailers then overturned. Meanwhile the Kia struck a Ford Escort and a Chevy pickup which was forced across the interstate. The Ford Escort also struck a Toyota Tundra and the Ford Escort struck a Ford Focus in the far right lane.
Three people were transported by ground ambulance to local hospitals.
The crash is still under investigation and ISP says charges will be filed at the conclusion of the investigation.
Update 12:05 p.m.:
The scene of this morning's ten-car pileup has been cleared, and traffic on I-84 has resumed for all vehicles.
Original Post 11:52 a.m.:
Thursday morning's rush hour became much worse on I-84 when up to ten vehicles tangled in a crash that turned the westbound lanes of the interstate into a parking lot.
Idaho State Police report that at least three people were taken to an area hospital—two suffered serious injuries. The Jaws of Life were used to pull one of the victims out of her car.
The crash near the Meridian Road exit, at approximately 8 a.m., resulted in all westbound lanes being diverted between Eagle and Meridian roads. One of the vehicles, a truck, was pulling two trailers and one of the trailers flipped on its side, blocking all the lanes.
Traffic was still be rerouted from the area at midday as ISP continued its investigation.