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Freedom man dies in crash between Swan Valley and Palisades

The following is a news release from Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at approximately 1:11 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatality crash on US26 at milepost 390.5, east of Swan Valley.

Johnathan Rieth, 43, of Freedom, Wyoming, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 26 in a 1987 Nissan pick-up, towing a trailer with a snowmobile. Lonnie Wilson, 39, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was traveling westbound in a 2019 Dodge Ram. Rieth lost control of his vehicle and collided with Wilson.

Wilson was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, in Idaho Falls, by ground ambulance; he was wearing a seatbelt. Rieth succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash; next of kin has been notified. Rieth was not wearing a seat belt.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes were blocked for approximately two hours and 20 minutes. The road was then partially blocked for an additional hour and a half.

This crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.