I-84

In this file photo, commuters travel westbound on Interstate 84 in Nampa near the Northside Boulevard exit.

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BOISE — The Nampa Police Department is investigating the death of a 28-year-old man who died early Tuesday from injuries sustained while working on an Interstate 84 construction site. 

Robert Jones of Mountain Home was declared dead at 2:34 a.m., according to the Ada County coroner. Jones died from traumatic injuries due to heavy machinery; his death was ruled an accident by the coroner's office.

Jones had been working Monday at a "repaving job site" on I-84 westbound, near Exit 36 in Nampa, according to the coroner. It's unknown how or when the accident occurred or what type of machinery was involved.

The coroner's office said Jones was immediately taken to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, where he later died.

Nampa Detective Gary Marang said on Tuesday officers were still gathering information, and nothing additional was being released at this time.

Jake Melder, a spokesman for the Idaho Transportation Department, said Jones was an employee at Concrete Placing Company, the primary contractor for the I-84 construction in Nampa.

Melder said Concrete Placing Company — which is based in Boise and has worked on a number of ITD projects — contacted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about the incident. 

"The Idaho Transportation Department was grieved to learn of the death of Robert Jones. … The department extends its condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Mr. Jones," he said. "ITD will cooperate with any investigation."

Olivia Heersink is the Canyon County public safety reporter. You can reach her at oheersink@idahopress.com, or by calling 208-465-8178. Follow her on Twitter @heersinkolivia

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