CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Highway Patrol has released information on a fatal crash near the Wyoming community of Afton, Sunday.
A WHP statements says that troopers were dispatched on December 1, 2019, for a fatal crash near milepost 96 on US 89 north of Afton., at around 1:10 pm.
Troopers say that a 2002 Ford Focus was traveling northbound on US 89 when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the snow and ice-covered roadway. The Focus entered the southbound lane and collided with a 2007 GMC Sierra pulling an empty horse trailer.
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The driver of the Ford has been identified as 22-year-old Jackson, Wyoming resident John Koerber. Koerber was wearing his seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.
“The force of the collision caused the GMC to intrude into the passenger compartment significantly,” a WYDOT crash summary released Monday, said. “The trailer separated from the GMC upon collision, and all vehicles slid to rest off the west shoulder of the roadway. “
The driver of the 2007 GMC was wearing his seatbelt and was reportedly transported to the Star Valley Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash. A passenger in the GMC was also reportedly wearing their seatbelt and were transported to the hospital.
Speed on the part of Keorber is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.
This is the 142nd fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2019 compared to 106 in 2018, 119 in 2017, and 109 in 2016 to date.