Driver fatigue likely cause of fatal crash on I-80

(File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

A crash that left a passenger dead and the driver injured is being blamed on possible driver fatigue.

According to a Wyoming Highway Patrol report, at around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, an 2012 International Pro Star Plus tractor-trailer was heading west on I-80 near Elk Mountain when it left the roadway and drifted into the center median.

The driver then overcorrected, causing the cab to roll over onto its driver side.

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According to the report, Minnesota resident Robert Petersen, 60, died as a result of the accident. The report says he was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver is identified as California resident Kevin T. Tyler, 26. Tyler was wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center with injuries.

Road conditions were favorable and dry at the time, said the report.

The WHP says this is the 128th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways for 2019, compared to 91 in 2018.