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Wyoming on pace to equal or exceed last year's highway death toll

Wyoming on pace to equal or exceed last year's highway death toll

The most recent winter storm that swept through the state resulted in 87 vehicle crashes from the early morning of November 10th through 9 a.m. this (Thursday) morning. While most of the wrecks reported were non injury, 52, one crash between Shoshoni and Casper resulted in two fatalities and 34 others resulted in injuries. As of today, the state's traffic fatality count has reached 131 deaths, compared to 150 persons killed for all of 2014. At the current pace, the state could reach or exceed that death toll this year. According to statistics from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the victims in 24 of last 25 fatalities recorded in the state were not wearing seat belts. The last two fatalities from Natrona County and the last two persons killed in Fremont County wrecks, both earlier this week, were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from their respective vehicles. The single vehicle rollover with occupants not wearing safety restraints is the state's number one cause of vehicle fatalities, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation. #county10