Light pole falls on interstate; Three people in the hospital after crash

Light pole falls on interstate; Three people in the hospital after crash

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Three people were taken to the hospital after the semi they were driving in hit a light pole that layed across all four eastbound lanes of I84 near the Orchard Rd. exit. It happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Idaho State Police troopers say one unknown vehicle initially hit the large pole. Troopers said that person fled the scene and is unidentified at this time.

As the pole laid across the freeway, a semi, driven by Gary McGuire, age 61, of Chandler, Oklahoma and another vehicle driven by Berry Duwayne hit the pole. When the semi hit the pole, its steering axel was damaged and the large vehicle lost control and smashed through the concrete median between the eastbound and westbound lanes. The semi spilled diesel fuel onto the westbound lanes. Both the semi and Isuzu Amigo, driven by Duwayne, had extensive damage.

"That's why the jersey barriers are here to keep people separated, but we got lucky tonight with light traffic because when that semi came across just in between vehicles," said SGT. Fred Rice with Idaho State Police. "Thank goodness we had a couple witnesses that were pretty scared they saw all this."

Troopers said two people, Terisa McGuire, age 58, and Raymond Brown, age 29, were in the sleeper area of the semi and had to be extricated from the truck and were taken to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. The driver of the semi, McGuire, was also taken to the hospital. the extent of their injuries is unknown. 

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Eastbound lanes were closed for about an hour and a half after the crash. Westbound lanes were closed for over two hours because crews had to clean up gallons of diesel fuel that was spilled on those lanes.

The crash is still under investigation.