Thursday, February 13, 2020

Final Update: Vehicle crash eastbound US20-26 at milepost 253, east of Butte City

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Idaho State Police
District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 528-3400 FAX: (208) 528-3485

For Immediate Release: 02/13/20 3:52 P.M.
Please direct questions to the District Office

***Final Update***

On Thursday, February 13, 2020, at approximately 7:06 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle, fatality crash westbound US20-26 at milepost 253, 5 miles east of Arco.

Mark Reinke, 56, of Howe, was westbound on US20-26 at milepost 253 in a backhoe. Felipe Saldana Blanco, 64, of Terreton, was driving behind the backhoe in a 2005 Peterbilt semi pulling two trailers. The Peterbilt struck the backhoe from behind. Both vehicles went off the right shoulder.

Both Reinke and Saldana Blanco were wearing seatbelts. Reinke was transported to Lost Rivers Medical Center in Arco by ground ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries. Next of kin has been notified.

The westbound lanes of travel were blocked for approximately two hours. The crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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All lanes of travel are open.


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Idaho State Police are on scene of a crash eastbound US20-26 at milepost 253, 1 mile east of Butte City in Butte County. The westbound lanes of travel are blocked at this time.