SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYO – Wyoming Highway Patrol reported a crash on February 1, 2018 on Interstate 80 near Lyman resulted in one fatality.
A 2013 Toyota Tundra, traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near milepost 48, drifted off the highway to the left and struck a delineator post. The driver steered his vehicle to the right in an effort to re-enter the roadway. The vehicle then collided with median side of the bridge deck guardrail face. The vehicle then traveled along the bridge deck before it rolled over the guardrail and landed upside-down on the I-80 Business Loop below.
At approximately 6:00am, a passer-by on I-80 Business Loop observed the crashed Toyota Tundra and called 911. Troopers were dispatched to the area.
The adult female passenger, despite properly wearing her seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The adult male driver, who was also properly wearing his seat belt, was transported from the scene by ambulance and later transported via helicopter to the University of Utah Medical Center.
The driver is currently in critical but stable condition due to head trauma. A one-year-old juvenile who was secured in a child safety seat; a three-year-old juvenile who was secured in a child safety seat; and a 10-year-old juvenile who was wearing his seat belt were transported to via ground ambulance to the Evanston Regional Hospital where they were treated and released to family members.
Fatigue is being investigated as a probable cause of this crash. During the investigation it was determined the crash occurred around 2:00am.
The driver of the Toyota has been identified as 31-year-old Green River, Wyoming resident Samuel Smith. The deceased passenger has been identified as 30-year-old Green River, Wyoming resident Kymbrlee Smith.
This crash resulted in the sixth highway fatality in Wyoming for 2018 compared to six fatalities in 2017, six in 2016, and eleven in 2015 during this same time period.
According to a Green River Star news story, the Smith family had a close calling the summer of 2016, when their eldest son, Ryan, nearly drowned. He was saved by a teenager, Jamie Sprecher, who happened to be nearby.
A GoFundMe page has been established for the Smith family.