Two Dead, Six Injured in Accident on HWY 59 Thursday

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Two Gillette residents were killed and six more injured in a two-vehicle accident on South Highway 59 Thursday morning that closed the highway for more than six hours, according to an accident report from Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP).

The victims have been identified as Michelle Renaud and Nicholas Tabler, both of Gillette, according to Campbell County Coroner Paul Wallem. Their ages were listed as 38 and 47 years old, respectively.

The accident occurred just before 9:15 a.m. Thursday when a Ford E-350 traveling southbound lost traction on snow and ice and spun counter-clockwise, crossing the centerline into the northbound lane near milepost 80 on S. Highway 59, per WHP.

A Ford-150 approaching in the northbound lane veered right to try to avoid a collision when the vehicles collided on the east shoulder. The Ford E-350 landed on the passenger side while the other vehicle remained upright.

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Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor, per the report.

This marks 112 roadway fatalities this year in Wyoming, compared to 131 in 2019 and 96 in 2018 at the same time this year.

Jennifer is a Wyoming transplant who can’t imagine living anywhere else. She comes to Outliers with more than a decade of community reporting experience from publications around the state. For story ideas and tips, contact Jen at jckocher@mcllc.net.