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    Two Oklahoma residents die in Sunday crash west of Wamsutter

    On January 20, 2019, a fatal crash occurred at milepost 172 on Interstate 80 west of Wamsutter, Wyoming.  Around 9:32 a.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to the area for a two-vehicle collision.

    A 2004 Toyota Tundra was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 when the vehicle crossed the median and entered the westbound lane.  The Toyota collided head-on with a 2019 Freightliner Conventional.

    The driver of the Toyota has been identified as 59-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma resident Michael J. Bivens.  The passenger has been identified as 22-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma resident Brandon M. Bivens.  The driver and passenger were both wearing seatbelts and succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

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    The driver of the Freightliner Conventional was wearing his seatbelt and sustained minor injuries.  The passenger in the Freightliner was transported to the Memorial Hospital in Rawlins, Wyoming.

    Driving too fast for road conditions is being investigated on the part of Bivens as a contributing factor to the crash.  The road conditions were slick with blowing snow.

    This is the 8th and 9th fatality on Wyoming’s highways in 2019 compared to 3 in 2018, 2 in 2017, and 3 in 2016 to date.

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