Three dead after minivan is sandwiched by two semis on I-80

WYOMING – Three people were killed and others critically injured late last night after a minivan they were driving rear-ended an 18-wheeler and then was struck from behind by another tractor-trailer on I-80 near Evanston, Wyo.

Wyoming State Troopers were dispatched at around 11:24pm on March 6 for a fatal crash occurring at milepost 15 on Interstate 80 near Evanston.

A 1999 Chevrolet Venture traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 collided with the rear of a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer. After the Chevrolet struck the semi, it came to a stop blocking the right lane and partial left lane of Interstate 80. A short time later a 2016 Freightliner tractor-trailer collided with the stopped Chevrolet.

There were seven occupants in the Chevrolet Venture including the driver. The driver of the Chevrolet has been identified as 38-year-old Salt Lake City, Utah resident Marco D. Carr. Carr was not wearing his seatbelt and succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash at the scene.

A passenger in the frontseat has been identified as 28-year-old Salt Lake City, Utah resident Rebecca Nowlin.  Nowlin was not wearing her seatbelt and succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash. A 7-year-old juvenile passenger was not restrained and succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. The remaining juvenile occupants were not restrained and transported to Evanston Regional Hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the 2019 Freightliner has been identified as 23-year-old Springfield, Missouri resident Alex Farnsworth. Farnsworth was not injured in the crash.

The driver of the 2016 Freightliner has been identified as 59-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada resident Molombo Thillot. Thillot was not injured in the crash.

Driving too fast for winter road conditions are being investigated on the part of Carr as a contributing factor. The roadway was covered with snow and ice at the time of the crash.

This is the 23rd, 24th, and 25th fatalities on Wyoming’s highway in 2019 compared to 12 in 2018, 10 in 2017, and 9 in 2016 to date.


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