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Elderly Fort Laramie man dies in vehicle crash Wednesday morning

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FORT LARAMIE, Wyo. — An elderly Fort Laramie man perished Wednesday morning after the vehicle he was driving collided with a mound of gravel and overturned, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

The fatal crash occurred at 8:46 a.m. at milepost 29.5 on Highway 26, west of Fort Laramie. Patrol troopers were notified of a UTV rollover on the adjacent Service Road.

A 2020 Kubota RTV-XG850 was westbound on the road that ran parallel to the railroad tracks. The driver, who has been identified as 84-year-old Maurice E. Jepson of Fort Laramie, was assisting in the movement of cattle in the area and failed to notice a mound of gravel on the roadway.

The Kubota collided with the gravel and overturned. Jepson was not wearing a seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the crash scene.

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The roadway was covered with snow at the time of the crash.

The WHP said driver inattention is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

This is the fifth fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2023 compared to one in 2022, eight in 2021 and two in 2020.

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