Meridian woman dies after Monday crash that killed husband

July 18, 2013 

— A woman who was injured in a Monday crash in Idaho County died from her injuries Thursday.

Prudence Barnes, 67, died at St Joseph's Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho State Police spokeswoman Teresa Baker said. She had been listed in critical condition since the pickup truck she was a passenger in collided with a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 95.

The Barnes were headed north just south of White Bird when the crash occurred. Police said that Richard Barnes, 68, did not pull far enough ahead as he attempted to pass the semitrailer.

Richard, who was pulling a camp trailer, apparently reentered the lane too soon, and the semitrailer hit the other vehicle.

Police said the Barneses' pickup rolled off the roadway and down an embankment, before coming to rest on its roof.

Richard Barnes died at the scene. Prudence Barnes was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The Meridian couple were both wearing their seatbelts, police said.

The semitrailer's driver, Mark Pottberg of Sanford, Colo., was not injured.

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