Three killed in accident north of Lingle

LINGLE ­– A two-vehicle accident north of Lingle on Friday, September 1, resulted in the death of three individuals.

According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP), the crash occurred near milepost 112, at roughly 3:45 p.m. 

WHP determined that a Toyota Camry, driven by Alicia Rodriguez, 44, of Torrington, was southbound on US 85, while a Chrysler Pacificia, driven by Nels Smith, 84, of Beulah, Wyoming, was northbound. The Chrysler crossed over the center line and entered the southbound lane of travel, where it impacted head-on with the Toyota.

Rodriguez, Smith and a passenger in the Chrysler, Jeanette Smith, 85, of Beulah, were all killed at the scene of the accident.

Driver inattention and fatigue/asleep are being investigated as a potential contributing factor. The crash is still under investigation.

This is the 97th, 98th and 99th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2023.

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