Winter storms bringing record amounts of snowfall, sub-zero temperatures, freezing rain and rain have caused hundreds of slide-offs and accidents across the Treasure Valley and the state. Travel advisories and warnings were issued by the National Weather Service cautioning motorists to remain off the roadways if possible.
Several city mayors throughout the Treasure Valley including Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Nampa and Caldwell declared their respective cities a state of emergency. Schools have remained closed for several days due to snow and ice on the roads and streets. ACHD, ITD and county and city crews have worked tirelessly to keep up with snow removal on major arteries and highly traveled roads. Soldiers of the Idaho National Guard stepped in to assist with snow removal in local neighborhoods in Ada County since agencies were overwhelmed.
A single vehicle accident was reported Tuesday, January 10, 2017 on the I-84 connector near the Franklin Road overpass that left a Toyota Sequoia dangling against the guardrail, nearly rolling off onto the roadway below. Traffic was snarled both directions of the interstate due to an early morning snowfall and ice-covered pavement which had accumulated overnight due to a drop in temperatures. Another crash on Tuesday on westbound I-84 near the Eagle off ramp blocked lanes of travel causing delays.
Multiple injury and fatal crashes have occurred as a result of the harsh winter weather. ISP responded to more than 203 crashes in December. Drivers have been strongly urged to stay off the roads when the weather is treacherous. If traveling is necessary, buckle up, take your time, keep emergency supplies in your vehicle at all times, make sure your cell phone is charged, and let someone know your destination, anticipated route and expected time of arrival.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another, the personal injury team at Racine Olson is available to take your phone call. Please call for a consultation at: 208-232-6101.
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