Man dies in crash between car and potato truck in Southeast Idaho

October 7, 2018

A man died following a Saturday night crash between a car and potato truck on Interstate 86 near Pocatello.

A man is dead after his car rear-ended a potato truck on Interstate 86 west of Pocatello on Saturday night.

Dean Rottini, 57, of Toole, Utah, was pronounced dead at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello following the 8:22 p.m. crash, Idaho State Police said.

Rottini had been transported via ambulance to PMC after his 2004 Audi TT coupe struck the rear of a 2012 Peterbuilt potato hauler driven by Christian Saldana, 21, of American Falls, state police said.

Both vehicles were heading westbound on Interstate 86 east of the Arbon Valley exit when the collision occurred and they ended up on the right shoulder of the freeway, state police said.

Rottini was not wearing a seat belt and reports indicated that he was trapped in his wreck vehicle and required extrication by emergency personnel.

Saldana was wearing a seat belt and did not require hospitalization, state police said.

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