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Two people die, one injured in crash on US 287 north of Lander


CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Highway Patrol said on Friday that a fatal crash occurred on Thursday, Oct. 1 on US 287 north of Lander.

The driver, South Dakota resident Kristi L. Dowers, 49, succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash, according to the WHP. Lander resident Georgia W. Nations, 75, was a passenger in the vehicle and also succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash.

A Lander resident driving the other vehicle involved in the collision was transported to Sage West Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash.

WHP troopers were notified of the collision at around 1:50 pm Thursday. The crash occurred around milepost 3 on US 287.

Dowers was driving a 2006 Buick Lucerne. WHP say she failed to noticed a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee headed northbound which was entering US 287 from Bartholomew Way to travel south.

“The Jeep driver could not avoid a collision and collided with the driver’s side of the Buick,” the release states.

Dowers was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred and Nations was “not wearing a seatbelt properly,” according to the WHP.

The driver of the Jeep was wearing a seatbelt.

“Driver inattention is being investigated on the part of Dowers as a possible contributing factor,” WHP said. “This is the 100th and 101st fatalities on Wyoming’s roadways in 2020 compared to 124 in 2019, 87 in 2018, and 109 in 2017 to date.”

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.