Driver fatigue, equipment failure possible factors in highway fatality

Wyoming Highway Patrol
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A driver was killed and another was injured Wednesday afternoon when two commercial vehicles collided near milepost 104 on Interstate 80 near Rock Springs, according to an April 1 Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) press release. Troopers were dispatched to the site of the collision around 3 p.m.

A 2018 Volvo commercial truck was heading westbound on Interstate 80 when it crossed over the median and entered into the eastbound lanes colliding head-on with a 2007 Peterbilt commercial truck, the release stated.

The collision created a large explosion causing both commercial trucks to become engulfed in flames.

The driver of the Peterbilt has been identified as 33-year-old Ellsworth, Minnesota resident Daniel Debeer, who succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.

The driver of the Volvo has been identified as 25-year-old Aurora, Colorado resident Justin Nzaramba. Nzaramba was wearing his seatbelt and treated at the scene for his injuries.

Driver fatigue and equipment failure on the part of Nzaramba are being investigated as potential contributing factors, per WHP.

This marks the 22nd fatality on Wyoming roadways in 2021 compared to 13 in 2020, 35 in 2019 and 20 in 2018 to date.