Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

09-23-09 UPDATE: 7-Car Collsion Capital & University

09-23-09 UPDATE: 7-Car Collsion Capital & University
UPDATE: last night's 7- Car Collision on Capital;
Driver at fault may have passed out due to Coughing
 
   Boise, Sept. 23, 2009 - Boise Police continue to investigate a 7-car collision that clogged rush hour traffic on Capital Blvd. last night. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the driver who caused the chain reaction may have passed out just prior to the collision after heavy coughing.
 
   At this time, no citations have been written. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
 
   What Happened: At 3:01 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, Boise Police were called to a collision involving several cars at Capital Blvd. and Diploma St,., just north of University Dr.
 
   When officers arrived they found seven cars were involved in the pile up. An eighth car was damaged due to flying debris.
 
   Preliminary indications are the driver of a green Toyota SUV was traveling at what witnesses say was a high rate of speed southbound on Capital Blvd when it verd to the left, striking a red Suzuki sedan. The Toyota then struck a red Hyundai that was stopped in the left turn lanes on Capital at University Dr. causing a chain reaction of vehicles. The Toyota SUV then swerves sideways to the right colliding with a silver Mitsubishi sedan, and again hitting the red Hyundai before finally stopping.
 
   Three people were taken by ambulance to nearby hospitals. None appeared to have life threatening injuries.
 
   Because of the number of vehicles involved and the complexity of the crash, the Boise Police Crash Response Team responded to assist with investigating.
 
   Officers on scene also say the Idaho Transportation Department was called to help with traffic control. Traffic at Capital & University was restricted and backed up for approx. two hours, before investigators could clear the scene and open all lanes of traffic.