(Casper, Wyo.) – Tire failure is being investigated as the contributing factor in a crash that claimed the life of 23 year old Rosie E. Kline of Gillette, Wyoming on August 25th. The crash occurred at approximately 12:53 p.m. on WY 259 at mile post 13. This location is 15 miles south of Midwest, Wyoming.
The 1994 Ford F150 Rosie Kline was driving was traveling north on WY 259. The left front tire on the Ford failed and separated. The tire failure pulled the truck into the southbound lane of traffic.
29 year old Daniel Simmons of Gillette, Wyoming was traveling south on WY 259 in a 2000 Kenworth semi truck when he observed the Ford Kline was driving come into his lane. Mr. Simmons steered the Kenworth to the right as much as possible to avoid Kline. Despite Mr. Simmons efforts, the truck Kline was driving struck the Kenworth in a sideswipe manner, driver side to driver side. During the crash, Kline was thrown from her vehicle as she was not wearing her seat belt and sustained fatal injuries.
A single vehicle rollover crash east of Buffalo, Wyoming on August 12th claimed the life of Thomas Iden with poor tire condition / tire failure being the contributing factor in his death. Mr. Iden was not wearing his seat belt either at the time of the crash. These two fatalities again remind us of the importance of seat belt use to survive a crash and 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.
Rosie Kline’s death marks the 99th fatality on Wyoming highways for 2014.