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Suspect in I-15 crash located

I-15 crash north of Osgood
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OSGOOD, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) -UPDATE:  9-17 9 a.m.

Idaho State Police have located Justin Ruckdaschel, 29, of Elko, Nevada after he ran away from a crash scene on Interstate 15 Tuesday.   He eluded police for a day before being discovered at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center Wednesday night.

Witnesses told ISP they saw Ruckdaschel grab a backpack and run away from the scene of the crash. He had suffered an apparent head injury.

According to ISP, David Ruckdaschel, who lives in Montana, had not seen his son for many years when Justin called and asked for a ride. Troopers said Justin is a suspect in a Nevada criminal investigation.

Troopers found bags near the crash scene along with drugs and some drug paraphernalia.

Ruckdashcel avoided discovery, despite a large scale search effort, overnight Tuesday.  He apparently hitch-hiked to Idaho Falls and went to Idaho Falls Community Hospital seeking treatment for his injuries. He ultimately ended up checking himself into Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center late Wednesday.

Staff at EIRMC recognized the suspect and called police.

Justin remained hospitalized at EIRMC Thursday morning.   Investigation is continuing and several charges are pending.


UPDATE: 9-17 8 a.m. Idaho State Police report Justin Ruckdaschel has been located. No additional information has yet been released.



9-16   10:05 a..m. David Ruckdaschel was listed in serious condition at EIRMC Wednesday morning.


Idaho State Police are looking for a man who ran away from a crash on Interstate 15 at around 3 p.m. Tuesday.  

David Ruckdaschel, 50, of Butte, Montana was southbound near Milepost 130 in a 2018 Mazda 6.   According to ISP, Ruckdaschel lost control of the car.  It rolled and came to rest on its top.   Ruckdaschel was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by helicopter.

A passenger, identified as Justin Ruckdaschel , 29, of Elko, Nevada is described as a person of interest, after he ran away from the scene of the crash.  Anyone who may have seen him is encouraged to contact ISP dispatch at 208-528-3408.

Neither of the men were wearing seat belts.

The southbound lane of I-15 was blocked for about 3 and a half hours.


UPDATE 6:30 p.m. Idaho State Police report the person who fled from the wrecked vehicle was 29-year-old Justin Ruckdaschel.

Justin Ruckdaschel

He has misdemeanor warrants, and law enforcement is looking for him.


ORIGINAL: Traffic is backed up on Interstate 15 from a rollover accident near milepost 130. That is just north of the Osgood exit between Idaho Falls and Roberts.

Idaho State Police say the driver was taken by helicopter to the hospital and police are still looking for the passenger who ran away from the crash scene on foot. It's unknown why he ran away.

Police are now looking for the man in the area with a helicopter.

Traffic is backed up on the southbound lane.

This is an ongoing story.

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