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Idaho man dies in two-vehicle crash near Cokeville Wednesday


CASPER, Wyo. — An Idaho man is dead in and another individual was injured as the result of a two-vehicle highway crash near Cokeville shortly before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 13.

According to a preliminary Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) report, a Jeep Grand Cherokee was southbound on US 30 / WY 89 when it crossed the centerline, striking a Chevrolet Silverado “in an offset head-on manner with override-underride.”

The vehicles separated and came to rest on the west side of the roadway.

73-year old driver Danny Beckstead was fatally injured in the crash, though it is not specified in the report which vehicle he was driving. A seat belt was not in use, the report said.

Speed, driver inattention and “driver fatigue/asleep” are noted as possible contributing factors. There was one other person injured and a non-injured party noted in the report.

The WHP notes that the information in its preliminary report is subject to change without notice.

There have been 91 fatalities on Wyoming highways in 2021, compared to 107 in 2020, 128 in 2019, and 93 in 2018.