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Driver fatigue listed as contributing factor for Campbell County July 9 vehicle crash

Emergency personnel responded to a crash at about 7:30 a.m. July 9 south of Wright. (Rod Orullian)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Driver fatigue is listed by the Wyoming Highway Patrol as a contributing factor to a Campbell County vehicle crash that left one dead and another injured on Sunday, July 9.

A pickup collided head on with a passenger bus at 7:15 a.m. near Wright on Wyoming 59 at milepost 69.1. A Ford F-150 was northbound on Wyoming 59 while the commercial bus was southbound, according to a WHP incident report. The Ford crossed the centerline into the southbound lane and impacted the bus in an offset head-on collision.

Nicholas Finnian Mahoney, 25, of Litteton, Colorado, was identified as the driver of the Ford and died instantly on scene.

On Monday, Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny confirmed the passenger bus was a mine bus, and the driver of the bus was extracted and life-flighted. Matheny’s report did not include how many passengers were on the bus, but the WHP incident report states nine people were uninjured.

Rod Orullian, who came upon the scene shortly after the crash, told County 17 on Sunday that the bus traveled through a field before coming to a stop. Bus passengers were helped to exit through side windows on the bus. A van with a flag that’s required on mine haul roads collected bus passengers. Duffel bags and lunch coolers were being handed out of the bus when passengers climbed out.


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