During a 30-minute span on Tuesday night two East Idaho men died in separate wrecks on local highways.
The deceased have been identified as Alan Bankhead, 57, of Blackfoot, and Grant O. Hunsaker, 31, of Rigby.
Bankhead died after the 2011 Victory Cross Roads motorcycle he was driving collided with the rear of a 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by a juvenile, state police said. The wreck occurred around 8 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 91 southbound just south of Firth when the juvenile driving the pickup attempted to turn from the highway onto N. 400 E., state police said.
Bankhead was driving his motorcycle behind the pickup and clipped the rear of the pickup as it turned.
The impact of the collision threw Bankhead from his motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet, state police said.
Bankhead was transported by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls where he died later Tuesday night.
The crash shut down Highway 91 for nearly three hours.
Hunsaker died after the 2010 Chevy Equinox SUV crossover he was driving westbound on Highway 20 near Rexburg left the roadway, entered the median and slammed into a cement pillar of the Salem Road overpass, state police said.
Hunsaker was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:30 p.m. Tuesday crash, state police said.
Highway 20’s westbound lanes were shut down for about two hours because of the wreck.
Both accidents remain under investigation by Idaho State Police.