MT. HOME – A Heyburn truck driver was one of three people involved in a collision east of Mt. Home that killed a Caldwell teenager Saturday night.
On January 14, 2012, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a three vehicle fatality crash Westbound I84 at milepost 108, 13 miles east of Mountain Home in Elmore County.
Taylor Sauer, 18 of Caldwell, ID, driving a 2004 Saturn Vue, was traveling west on Interstate 84 near milepost 108. David Seefried, 49, of Heyburn, ID, was driving a 2011 International Semi pulling a tanker trailer. He was traveling west on Interstate 84 in the right lane of travel, up a long grade at approximately fifteen miles per hour.
Sauer impacted the rear of the tanker and then was struck by a 2003 Volvo Semi pulling a trailer, driven by Slawomir Porada, 42 of St. Louis, MO. The impact caused Porada to lose control and drive off the roadway.
Sauer was pronounced dead at the scene. An update on the wreck aired by a Boise television network indicated the teen was using a mobile facebook at about the time of the accident. Police are continuing to investigate the accident and have not said if Sauer was actually using her facebook while driving.
Porada was transported by ground ambulance to Elmore Medical Center in Mountain Home. Seat belts were worn by all. Seefried was not injured in the collision.
Alcohol was not a factor in this crash.
The westbound lanes were blocked for approximately an hour. Traffic was reduced to a single lane for three hours while crews worked to clear the scene.
The crash is under investigation by Master Corporal Porupsky, and assisted by Sergeant Cagle, Specialist Bailey, Specialist Carmack, Trooper Higley, Elmore County Sheriff’s Office and emergency personnel.