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Canada and Nebraska residents die due to Wyoming crash; 101 fatalities in Cowboy State so far in 2021


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Highway Patrol said in a release on Thursday that two people died as a result of a crash on U.S. Highway 85 south of Hawk Springs that occurred on Wednesday night.

Canada resident Korey Bowers, 18, died after being transported to the Community Hospital in Torrington for injuries he sustained in the crash. Nebraska resident Emma Nelson, 19, died at the scene of the crash.

Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were notified of the crash at around 10 p.m. Wednesday. The crash occurred near milepost 69.5 on U.S. Highway 85.

Bowers, the driver of a 2005 Ford Taurus, was stopped on U.S. Highway 85 with the left turn signal activated with Bowers attempting to turn onto Highway 313. A northbound 2016 Volvo tractor-trailer attempted to pass by the Ford on the right shoulder of the road. At that point, the Ford then decided to turn right and the Volvo collided with the side of the Ford and caused it to overturn, according to the WHP.

Two people in the Volvo were uninjured in the crash.

Bowers was wearing a seatbelt while Nelson was not.

“The crash is still under investigation,” the WHP said. “[These are] the 100th and 101st fatalities on Wyoming’s roadways in 2021 compared to 118 in 2020, 137 in 2019, and 105 in 2018 to date.”