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Investigators assessing fatal crash

Submitted by Newsroom on June 2, 2011 – 7:45 amNo Comment


Investigators still assessing details on fatal crash

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

WIND RIVER RESERVATION, Wyo. — Local officials are still investigating a Tuesday night crash that killed 48-year-old Annette Friday of the Wind River Indian Reservation. She died at about 10 that night at the crash scene along 17-Mile Road on the reservation from injuries sustained when she was ejected from her vehicle.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said details remain sketchy. The results are not yet in from the Wyoming Highway Patrol. That’s the agency that spent Wednesday reconstructing the crash scene.

Coroner Ed McAuslan

The coroner did say the dead woman’s husband was with her. He did not know his name but said he was transported to a hospital. He said the driver of another vehicle involved in the crash was taken to the hospital, too. The coroner did not know the condition of either because both had been transported from the scene by the time coroner deputies arrived.

Authorities don’t know yet whether speed or alcohol was involved, or whether any of the victims were wearing seatbelts. The coroner just said it wasn’t a head-on collision. Both vehicles were traveling west, he said, and split directions upon colliding, going north and south, one landing in a corral and the other in the yard of a residence. That vehicle took out a power pole and gas meter, so natural gas was escaping when emergency responders arrived.

It did not, however, burst into flames. A Riverton fire crew was on the scene immediately along with a High Plains Power official. They took care of the situation. The coroner said High Plains shut of the power and replaced the pole that night after investigators cleared the scene.

The Wind River Police from the reservation were also on the scene, assisted by the BIA, FBI, county emergency services and Riverton police.

The continuing investigation will now be taken over by the reservation police and FBI, so we don’t expect to get any further information unless charges are filed. As per their policy, they don’t release information while cases are under investigation.

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