Driver Fatigue and Speed Contribute to Crash
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 3, 2018
A vehicle crash last Friday morning stalled traffic between Cody and Meeteetse, resulting in multiple serious injuries.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol was unable to release information about the victims of the three-vehicle crash, which occurred in a construction zone south of the Monster Lake turnoff just before 6 a.m. on June 29th. However, preliminary crash investigations suggest that a northbound SUV crossed over the center line, sideswiping a southbound vehicle. The northbound vehicle then struck a second southbound vehicle nearly head on.
Additionally, while en route to the crash site, the trooper responding to the incident himself struck a deer, causing about $7,000 in damage to his patrol car. However, he was able to continue to the site of the crash.
Lieutenant Lee Pence with the Highway Patrol praised passing motorists and the emergency personnel who assisted at the crash site, including WYDOT maintenance and engineers. He added that the construction contractors also lent a hand, even recovering a frightened dog from one of the vehicles later in the day.
Driver fatigue and speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the ongoing crash investigation.