Three injured in I-15 accident near Blackfoot
BLACKFOOT — Three people were injured in a three-vehicle accident Monday morning on Interstate 15 just south of Blackfoot.
The accident occurred at 10:45 a.m. at milepost 92 in the northbound lanes of travel on Interstate 15. A small Jeep SUV experiencing mechanical problems was traveling approximately 20-25 miles per hour in the slow lane of travel and was preparing to exit at Blackfoot, Idaho State Police Sgt. Robert Rausch said. The vehicle was being followed by an Idaho Department of Transportation pickup truck with flashing lights.
A Pocatello woman driving a Chevrolet Impala passed the ITD vehicle, then crossed into the other lane behind the Jeep, Rausch said. The Impala collided with the rear of the Jeep, which then left the road and overturned in the barrow pit, coming to rest on its side.
The Impala came to rest in the right lane of travel. One northbound lane was blocked for approximately one hour.
The two women in the Jeep—an elderly woman and her daughter—were not wearing seat belts. Rausch said the women were from Virginia and Wyoming and were traveling to Montana.
All three women were transported to Bingham Memorial Hospital via ground ambulance, where they were treated and released.
The driver of the Impala was cited for inattentive driving. The two women in the Jeep were cited for not wearing their seat belts.