A Fatal Crash in Wyoming Marks 110th Accident Death
On September 6, a fatal highway crash in Wyoming claimed its 110th life this year. This tragic incident occurred on US 20 near Thermopolis around milepost 134.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol were notified around 4:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon that a motorcyclist had just collided with the back of a truck on US 20.
According to highway police, a 2009 Harley Davidson was riding in the northbound lanes on US 20 when he entered a construction zone, where a Ford F-550 slowly came to a stop at the direction of a construction flagger.
The Harley, without much warning, tried braking profusely but instead laid the motorcycle on its side before crashing into the back of the truck. The Harley came to rest under the Ford.
The driver of the Harley Davidson motorcycle, Joseph B. Watkins, was a 58-year-old man from Thermopolis, Wyoming. Unfortunately, Watkins was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and succumbed to his injuries later at Hot Spring Springs Memorial in Thermopolis, Wyoming.
The other driver, Vern A. Tuss, 29, of Anaconda, Montana, was driving the Ford F-550 and did not suffer any injuries from this crash. His two additional passengers were also uninjured in the motorcycle accident. All were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Accident investigators are still determining the cause of the crash. Though it’s been mentioned that driver inattention has been ruled as a possible contributing factor.
This terrible event has been marked as the 110th crash in Wyoming since the beginning of 2019. Comparing this number to the 76 fatalities in 2018, the 103 in 2017 and the 82 in 2016, this year already has the highest number of traffic fatalities in Wyoming in the last four years. Up until the last few months, Wyoming was on track to have fewer accident deaths like the years before.
Contrary to what most people may believe, jam-packed highways like those in Florida, New York and California are not the only ones who experience a high number of traffic fatalities. According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), rural highways are often more dangerous than urban ones. In fact, Wyoming was ranked second most dangerous state in 2017 for accident deaths per 100,000 residents.
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