(Riverton, Wyo.) – Wyoming Highway Patrol received no reports of fatal crashes over the holiday weekend, however, local WHP Lt. Tom Adams reports three Riverton teens were involved in wrecks on Saturday morning. The take-away lesson, he said, is that seat belts save lives.
At about 10:25 a.m., a severe two vehicle wreck occurred at the intersection of Honor Farm Road and Highway 789. Adams said a 16-year-old Riverton boy was a driving a GMC Yukon eastbound on Country Acres/Honor Farm Road and reportedly stopped at the flashing light before attempting to cross the intersection. But as he did so, he apparently failed to see a southbound Toyota Camry, Adams reported. The Camry, driven by a 16-year-old Riverton girl, struck the Yukon at 65 mph.
Both teens were transported to SageWest Riverton where they were treated and released. Both were wearing seat belts and did not sustain serious injuries. The male driver was issued citations for no driver’s license and failure to stop.
A little over an hour later, Troopers were called to Highway 789 just north of Hudson for another two vehicle wreck. Adams said a 16-year-old Riverton girl was northbound when she reportedly became distracted and crossed the center line, side-swiping a camper trailer being pulled by Chevy pickup. The pickup was driven by a 25-year-old Riverton woman. Passengers in both vehicles, including the driver of the pickup, were uninjured. The teen had minor injuries and was treated by EMS at the scene. The girl was cited for a lane usage violation. All occupants were wearing seat belts.
According to Wyoming Highway Patrol Major Perry Jones, Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the kick-off to summer time in Wyoming. Summer months are also historically more dangers on Wyoming highways with “an increase in traffic volume, more motorcycles, and more recreational vehicles and boat trailers on the roadways.”
“Wyoming has had a tough month of May, with 12 fatalities in nine separate crashes to date, so having a fatality free Memorial Day Weekend is a much needed change of direction,” Jones said. As always, motorists are encouraged to slow down, buckle up, and turn off their cell phones while traveling during these busy summer months.