(Buffalo, Wyo.) – Poor tire condition is being investigated as the contributing factor in the death of 37 year-old Thomas R. Iden of Waterford, Michigan on August 12th. The crash occurred at 12:42 p.m. at mile post 90.2 on Interstate 90 which is 32 miles east of Buffalo.
The tires of the 1990 Jeep Wrangler Iden was driving were worn past the tread wear indicator. The left rear tire began to lose its tread as Iden travelled west on I 90. He lost control of the Jeep due to the tread separation and the vehicle left the interstate to the south, entered the median and made contact with the eastbound lanes of I 90. Upon making contact with the eastbound lanes, the Jeep tripped and overturned one time ejecting Iden from the vehicle as he was not wearing his seat belt. He sustained fatal injuries from the crash.
The importance of seat belt use is a continued theme as Iden marks the 95th fatality on Wyoming roadways in 2014. It is also important to remember to maintain all aspects of your vehicle, especially safety related equipment such as tires, brakes, windshield wipers and all vehicle signals and lights.
–Provided by Wyoming Highway Patrol