• October 18, 2022

One Killed, Two Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on US-93 near Jerome, ID

Jerome, ID — October 17, 2022, one person died and two were injured in a multi-vehicle accident along U.S. Highway 93 near Jerome.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:25 a.m. along US-93 near mile marker 66. Preliminary investigation suggests a Honda Pilot was traveling south on the highway when the driver started to make a left turn at 750 N Road. As the Pilot started to turn a Honda CR-V crashed into it from behind.

Shortly after the Pilot was disabled in the middle of the intersection a southbound Peterbilt semi-truck hauling potatoes passed through and struck it on the right side. The semi then veered partway into the northbound lane and crashed with an oncoming Kenworth tractor-trailer. Finally, a Nissan Pathfinder behind the Peterbilt crashed into its rear.

The Peterbilt driver died at the scene. The Kenworth and Nissan drivers were taken by ambulance to an area hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

One Killed, Two Injured in Multi-Vehicle Crash on US-93 near Jerome, ID

Commentary on Multi-Vehicle Crash on US-93 near Jerome

Just about any crash can be chaotic, but the chances of that increase considerably when several vehicles--particularly commercial ones--are involved. I hope law enforcement is up to the task of figuring out not only what happened, but exactly who or what is responsible for the injuries sustained in the accident.

Some may think everything was triggered by the initial crash between SUVs, but there are many details missing still. How long passed between the Pilot slowing to turn and the CR-V hitting it? Once the Pilot was disabled in the road, how long until the Peterbilt truck came along? Did the Kenworth see the wreck unfolding up the road? If not, why not? What was visibility like in that area at the time? What about road conditions? Were all the vehicles involved in good working order? Were all drivers awake, alert, and paying attention?

Unless someone looks for those answers, the simplified narrative in police and news reports may become the final word on the matter. That can be highly problematic when victims and families seek help afterward, which is why I often recommend that independent experts take another look and see if any further blanks can be filled in.

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