Highway Fatalities Continue to Rise
Driver distraction or possibly fatigue are being investigated as contributing factors to a fatal head-on crash north of Jackson that took the lives of two people and injured five others.
That brings the total number of highway deaths this year in Wyoming to 90, compared to 54 in 2018, 76 in 2017, and 50 in 2016.
According to a release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, troopers were dispatched to mile marker 163 on U.S. 89 around 2:25 p.m. July 16.
Investigation showed a Dodge Caravan was traveling south when the driver, a 64-year-old Missouri man, drifted into the northbound lane, colliding with a Nissan X-Terra. Both drivers and five other passengers were all wearing seat belts.
The driver of the Dodge succumbed to his injuries at the scene. While the driver of the Nissan, a 68-year-old Riverton woman, died while en route to St. Johns Hospital in Jackson.
Two adults, ages 30 and 31, and two juvenile passengers in the Dodge, as well as a 78-year-old female passenger in the Nissan were also transported to Jackson for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not released.