MERIDIAN - Eight vehicles were damaged in a pair of crashes on eastbound Interstate 84 Thursday evening.

Idaho State Police say the chain reaction started just before 7 p.m. when 40-year-old Leslie Friedley of Meridian stopped in the far left lane because of slowing traffic. A driver behind Friedley, 51-year-old Belinda Jacobsen of Eagle, rear-ended her vehicle.

As traffic snarled behind the first wreck, slowing cars led to a second pileup in the same area, police say.

When 58-year-old Rodney K. Burks of Boise slowed to a stop in the road, drivers 19-year-old Lane D. Larson of Boise, 18-year-old Adam J. Wright of Fruitland, 21-year-old Bailey N. Wilder of Boise, and 59-year-old Michael B. Anderson of Herriman, Utah stopped behind his truck.

A sixth driver, 27-year-old Tarah Gilliland of Boise, was unable to stop and crashed into the back of Anderson's SUV. Police say the impact caused a chain reaction crash, with each of the vehicles pushed into the one in front of it., damaging all six.

Gilliland and her passenger, as well as a passenger from Anderson's vehicle were injured in the wreck. All three were taken to St. Lukes in Meridian. Police say all the drivers and some of the passengers were wearing seatbelts when the wreck happened.

Lanes were blocked for two hours after the collisions. The crashes remain under investigation.

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