Meridian man killed in crash with semitrailer on US 95

July 16, 2013 

A Meridian man was killed Monday afternoon after his pickup collided with a semitrailer.

Meridian residents Richard Barnes, 68, and Prudence Barnes, 67, were heading north on U.S. Highway 95 south of White Bird when Richard Barnes attempted to pass the semitrailer. The Idaho State Police said Richard Barnes, who was pulling a camp trailer, failed to get far enough ahead of the semitrailer before pulling back into the lane.

The semitrailer, driven by Mark Pottberg of Sanford, Colo., struck Barnes’ vehicle, sending it down an embankment. Police said the truck flipped, coming to rest on its top at the bottom of the embankment.

Richard Barnes died at the scene, police said. Prudence Barnes, Richard's wife, was taken by helicopter to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, where she was in critical condition Tuesday morning in the hospital's intensive care unit.

Both Richard and Prudence Barnes were wearing seatbelts.

Pottberg was uninjured, police said.

The crash is under investigation.

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