(Riverton, Wyo.) – Several people were injured shortly after midnight on Sunday in a three-vehicle wreck just south of Riverton, and alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Bragonier said a Wind River Casino shuttle van was northbound on Highway 789 when it stopped to turn left into the smoke shop parking lot. A 1990s model pickup was stopped behind the van when a third vehicle, a Ford Econoline van slammed into the back of the pickup, which forced the pickup into the back of the casino van. Bragonier said the Econoline then veered off the east side of the highway, rolling one complete time.
The driver of the Econoline, 52-year-old Kelly Denevan of Lander, had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was transported to SageWest – Riverton in reportedly critical condition. Bragonier did not know the man’s current condition. Witnesses told law enforcement that two passengers in the Econoline fled the scene.
A passenger in the casino van, as well as its driver, were also sent to the hospital for treatment. Bragonier was unsure of what their injuries were, but he said damage to the van was minimal.
The pickup stuck in the middle received severe damage, Bragonier said. Its driver was not transported, however the trooper believed the man might have gone to the hospital on his own later.
Alcohol use by Denevan is being investigated as a contributing factor, as is speeding. Bragonier said any charges would come from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.