Photo courtesy of WYDOT Roadside Memorial Program
The number of fatal crashes in Wyoming rose to 63 Monday, after a head-on crash on U.S. 20 south of Worland.
According to a release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around mile marker 148, May 20 at 7:35 a.m.
A Toyota Corolla was traveling northbound when it crossed into the southbound lane to pass another vehicle. The driver of the Toyota failed to see an on-coming 93 Chevrolet Caprice, and the vehicles collided on the southbound shoulder of the highway.
The driver of the Toyota, a 39-year-old Thermopolis woman, was wearing a seat belt but succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash.
The driver of the Chevrolet, a 62-year-old Worland man, was also wearing a seat belt and was transported to the Washakie County Medical Center in Worland for treatment.
Unsafe passing is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash.
At this time last year, and in 2017, 36 fatalities had been reported. In 2016, that number was 19.