1 dead, 1 injured in rollover crash in Wyoming; both victims are from Utah

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RAWLILNS, Wyo. – A man and woman from Utah were ejected during a rollover crash in Wyoming Tuesday, and the man suffered fatal injuries in the incident.

According to a press release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 8:08 p.m. Tuesday near mile post 41.5 on U.S. Highway 287—which is north of Rawlins, Wyoming.

The pair was traveling southbound in a Nissan Sentra when the vehicle veered to the left and the driver overcorrected, causing the car to cross both lanes of the highway before it rolled on the shoulder of the northbound lane.

Both occupants were unrestrained and were ejected during the crash. Parish D.G. Hansen, 27 of Sunset, Utah, died at the scene of the crash. Kristen M. Cooper, 30 of Salt Lake City, was taken by air to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming. The extent of her injuries were not clear.

Police stated they are still working to determine which of the two individuals was driving when the crash occurred, and they stated that possible impaired driving and improper lane use are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash.

A Facebook post from the Wyoming Highway Patrol states: “This unfortunate fatal crash from [Tuesday] night attests once again to the most deadly crash in Wyoming, a single vehicle rollover with unrestrained occupants.”



    There is a law requiring all occupants in a vehicle to be restrained. You typically only get ejected from a car one time.

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