Another Dangerous Weekend on Gem State Roadways During Idaho's 'Deadliest Days' 

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It was another dangerous weekend on the region's roadway.

Idaho State Police said there were "multiple fatalities" following a multi-vehicle crashed which kept the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near the Cloverdale overpass blocked for nearly thirteen hours late Saturday and early Sunday. ISP said a commercial vehicle and SUV were traveling eastbound when they slowed for construction traffic. That's when a second commercial vehicle struck the SUV and first commercial vehicle from behind. Four additional vehicles were also involved in the pile-up. Two occupants were transported to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. As Saturday night became Sunday morning, traffic continued to be backed up between the Meridian and Eagle exits of the I-84. No word yet on any identities and the incident remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, a Nampa man was killed June 15 when his truck, pulling a flatbed trailer, crossed the center line, striking another truck head-on in the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 20, just east of Parma. 44-year-old Quincy Belanger of Nampa, the driver of the first vehicle, was ejected from his truck. He died a short time later at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

East Idaho News reports that five people were rushed to the hospital June 15 following a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 20, near Island Park. Idaho state Police said the accident was triggered by vehicles stopping for an elk crossing near the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway.

In northern Idaho, a Hayden  woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident near Rathdrum. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that 23-year-old Alexa Mgrich was dead on arrival at Kootenai Health Center after a motorcycle she was riding was struck by a pickup at the intersection of Huetter and Lancaster roads.

Police agencies across the region remind the public that the span of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known as the "100 deadliest days of driving."
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