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3-vehicle collision Sept. 8 sends 2 to hospital

Emergency personnel are currently responding to a multi-vehicle collision at the intersection of Echeta Road and 2nd Street. Be prepared for slowed, directed traffic as responders work to clear the crash.

Emergency personnel respond to a 3-vehicle collision at Echeta Road and Highway 14-16 Sept. 8. (Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Alcohol was involved in a three-vehicle collision Sept. 8 in Gillette that sent a woman and a man to the hospital, Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said this morning.

Police responded at 3:22 p.m. Sept. 8 after a 58-year-old man driving a 2013 Ford north on Highway 14-16 entered the oncoming lane of travel near Echeta Road, prompting a head-on collision with a 55-year-old woman in a southbound grey 2017 Ford, according to Wasson. A 62-year-old man driving a 2008 silver Dodge that was pulling a trailer collided with the back of the woman’s Ford. The woman and the 58-year-old man were taken to the hospital for injuries.

Lori Record said the afternoon of Sept. 11 that her husband, Paul, and their 2-year-old grandsons were in the Dodge. Their family and the 2017 Ford Explorer had just accelerated after stopping at the stoplight at Echeta and Highway 14-16 and were traveling about 10 or 15 mph.

“The 2013 pickup crossed into our lane and hit the Explorer hard,” Lori said. “We tried to back up out of the way (with a 20’ enclosed trailer on) and he pushed her into us.”

The 58-year-old man, who was displaying symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol, was ultimately arrested and charged with DUI, failure to maintain a single lane and lack of a driver’s license, according to Wasson.

Wasson said he did not know the condition of the woman. Damages to the vehicles exceeded $1,000.