1 Dead After Semis Collide in Northeast Wyoming
A trucker was killed Thursday morning after two semis collided near the Wyoming-South Dakota border in northeast Crook County, the Wyoming Highway Patrol says.
The crash happened around 6 a.m. near mile marker 1 on U.S. Highway 212, southeast of Colony.
The patrol says 74-year-old Connelly, North Carolina resident Gary Larrick was headed east when he crossed the centerline, sideswiped an oncoming semi, went off the highway to the north, and overturned his rig.
Larrick, who was not properly buckled up, was partially ejected from the cab and died at the scene.
The driver of the other semi, 63-year-old St. Louis, Missouri resident Clyde Bates, was able to come to a controlled rest in the westbound emergency lane.
Bates was wearing his seat belt and was not injured in the collision.
The patrol says driver inattention and a possible medical condition are being investigated as possible contributing factors.
This is the 112th reported fatality on Wyoming's highways in 2022 compared to 96 in 2021, 117 in 2020, 132 in 2019, and 102 in 2018 to date.