Brake failure cited in fatal crash west of Dayton Saturday

(Dayton, Wyo.) — A fatal crash west of Dayton on Dec. 19 resulted in the death of 28-year-old Sana A. Altaye of Detroit, Mich., according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. The crash occurred at 9:55 p.m. on US Highway 14 near mile post 76 approximately seven miles southwest of Dayton. Altaye was driving a 2006 Freightliner commercial truck with trailer traveling east on US 14 on a downhill section of the highway. The Freightliner experienced brake failure while traveling downhill. During the brake failure, the truck crossed the centerline leaving the highway to the north. After leaving the highway, the Freightliner collided with a guardrail, tripped and rolled onto it's roof. Altaye had called 911 just prior to the crash occurring advising he had lost his brakes. Altaye was wearing his seat belt during the crash. He was initially transported by ground ambulance to Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Sheridan. Altaye succumbed to his injuries on Dec. 20th. Brake failure and driver hours of service violations are being investigated as contributing factors in this crash. The crash did cause a temporary closure of the highway. US 14 re-opened at 1:34 a.m. on the 20th. Altaye marked the 145th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2015. There were 150 fatalities during this same time period in 2014. #dally #news