One dead after vehicle rollover south of Thayne

(Lincoln County, WY) – On October 29, 2021, 1:28 AM, Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) troopers were notified of a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 89, south of Thayne, which resulted in one fatality .

The deceased has been identified as 37-year-old Afton resident Thomas J. Avila.

The WHP report states that Avila was headed south on Highway 89 when he failed to negotiate a curve to the right. 


Avila’s vehicle drifted off the left side of the roadway before he overcorrected to the right. At this point his vehicle crossed back over the lanes of Highway 89 before leaving the right side of the road and overturning.

Avila was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Star Valley Medical Clinic, where he succumbed to his injuries from the crash. 

Driver fatigue is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.

This is the 94th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2021 compared to 114 in 2020, 132 in 2019, and 98 in 2018 to date. 

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