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Child, adult passengers die in crash on I-80 in Wyoming early Sunday morning near Rawlins


CASPER, Wyo. — An adult and a child passenger died as the result of injuries sustained in a crash that occurred early Sunday morning along Interstate 80 near Rawlins, according to a preliminary crash report from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

WHP Sergeant Jeremy Beck confirmed on Monday afternoon that Montana resident Shatone Hayes, 30, and a five-year-old child died as a result of the crash.

Troopers were notified of the crash at around 6:15 a.m. Sunday, April 17. A Lexus vehicle had been heading east on I-80. When it approached milepost 215.55 near Rawlins, the driver failed to negotiate a slight right-hand curve and the vehicle struck a guardrail, according to the WHP’s preliminary crash report. That guardrail had been lying on the ground due to a previous crash.

“The vehicle drove over the guardrail before entering the median, approaching an overpass,” the preliminary crash report states. “The vehicle continued eastbound between the bridge decks and vaulted off the concrete barrier. It cleared both lanes below, striking the concrete wing wall.”

“The vehicle flipped over, sliding up underneath the bridge of the westbound lanes of travel.”

The adult passenger who died as a result of the crash was not wearing a seatbelt and the child was not secured in a child seat, according to the WHP’s preliminary crash report. Speed is listed as a possible contributing factor to the crash.