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Fatal crash on Wyoming highway

 The Wyoming Highway Patrol saw an increase in traffic along the I-25 corridor in Cheyenne, on Monday for the Solar Eclipse event. Traffic picked up around 3 a.m. and has been steady since. Traffic is coming to a near stop in the Cheyenne area. US 85 north of Cheyenne is also seeing heavy congestion. (photo courtesy Wyoming Highway Patrol)
The Wyoming Highway Patrol saw an increase in traffic along the I-25 corridor in Cheyenne, on Monday for the Solar Eclipse event. Traffic picked up around 3 a.m. and has been steady since. Traffic is coming to a near stop in the Cheyenne area. US 85 north of Cheyenne is also seeing heavy congestion. (photo courtesy Wyoming Highway Patrol) (KOTA)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 3:24 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - A fatal crash occurred around milepost 123 on US 85 north of Lingle, Wyoming at 5:00 a.m. on Sept. 15.

A 2009 Dodge 3500 was traveling southbound on US 85. The Dodge crossed into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a 2007 Ford Mustang before flipping.

The driver of the Dodge has been identified as 25-year-old Stilwell, Oklahoma resident Collin Sanders. Sanders was reportedly wearing his seatbelt and transported to Banner Health in Torrington, Wyoming, for injuries sustained in the crash. His passenger in the Dodge has been identified as 22-year-old Braggs, Oklahoma resident Walter Hanson. Hanson was reportedly also wearing his seatbelt and transported to the Niobrara Community Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the Ford has been identified as 20-year-old Torrington, Wyoming resident Jose Vazquez Reyes. Reyes was wearing a seatbelt as well, but sadly succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.

Driver inattention/fatigue on the part of Sanders is reportedly being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

This is the 88th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2020 compared to 116 in 2019, 79 in 2018, and 108 in 2017 to date, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol.

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