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Fatigue a possible cause in fatal crash

 

February 3, 2021



Either fatigue or an unknown medical issue are the causes of a fatal crash west of Rock Springs.

According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, they were notified of a crash took place at 12:16 p.m., Jan. 28 near mile marker 99 on the westbound lane of Interstate 80.

The driver, Joseph E. Conway, 60, of Nashua, N.H., was driving a 2016 Volvo Conventional tractor-trailer, which has drifted off the right side of the road.

Conway then overcorrected the vehicle to the left, which resulted it to leave the road and overturn. Conway was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. He was taken to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, where he died from his injuries.

The first month of 2021 has seen a large increase in the number of fatalities recorded on Wyoming’s highways and interstates. The WHP have investigated 11 deaths since the start of the year, the second highest January number in the past four years.

The highest number took place in 2019, where WHP troopers investigated 14 highway fatalities. In 2018, there were six fatal crashes reported, while five were recorded during January 2020.

 

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