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DUST STORM CAUSES MULTI-TRUCK CRASH THAT LEAVES ONE DEAD, THREE INJURED

May 15, 2019 GMT

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at approximately 2:47 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 at milepost 191 near Hazelton in Jerome County.

During heavy winds and rain, a sudden dust storm covered the westbound lanes of Interstate 84.

Keith G. Witt, 54, of Brigham City, UT, driving a 2014 International truck, Jake D. Sluder, 24, of Twin Falls, ID, driving a 1998 International truck, Kyle E. Hoskins, 31, of Jerome, ID, driving a 2007 International truck, and Douglas Megargle, 52, of Jerome, ID, driving a 2017 GMC Sierra pickup, all slowed to a stop.

Filimon B. Miranda, 58, of Twin Falls, ID, driving a 2015 Mack truck failed to stop before striking the rear of Megargle’s vehicle.

Megargle’s vehicle spun out of control, then struck the rear of Hoskins’ vehicle.

Miranda continued westbound, then struck the rear of Hoskins’ vehicle, pushing it off the right shoulder, and through a fence.

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Miranda continued westbound and struck the rear of Sluder’s vehicle. Sluder struck the rear of Witt’s vehicle.

Wilma L. Benefiel, 72, of Mesa, AZ, driving a 2018 Toyota Sequoia SUV failed to stop before striking the rear of Megargle’s vehicle.

Sally F. Rose, 60, of Jerome, ID, was a passenger in Megargle’s vehicle. Susan H. Leavitt, 74, of Mesa, AZ, was a passenger in Benefiel’s vehicle.

All occupants of all vehicles were wearing seatbelts at the time the crashes occurred.

Hoskins was transported by personal vehicle to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, ID. Megargle succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. Rose was initially transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, ID, then later transported by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, ID. Miranda was transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, ID.

Next of kin has been notified. All westbound lanes were reopened at 7:47 p.m.

Idaho State Police were assisted by Jerome County Sheriff’s Office, Jerome County Rural Fire Department, Magic Valley Paramedics, and the Idaho Transportation Department.