Two die in weekend wrecks; not related to eclipse crowding

Aug 22, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Two out-of-town visitors died over the weekend in Fremont County, but Coroner Mark Stratmoen said neither death is "eclipse-related."

"Normal tourist deaths aren't necessarily related (to the eclipse), even if that's what they're here for," he said. "We have normal tourist deaths each year."

The first took place at about 11:45 p.m. Friday on Horse Creek Road above Dubois, where a single-vehicle rollover claimed the life of a 56-year-old Illinois man.

His female passenger was injured, according to reports, and another person may have suffered injuries as well.

Alcohol is being investigated as a possible factor in the crash. Stratmoen said the deceased will not be autopsied, but results of toxicology tests will be available in about a week.

The man had been driving a 1997 Toyota passenger car, according to reports.

Stratmoen said the other visitor who died was a 68-year-old California man who died at the scene of a bicycling accident at about 9:20 a.m. Saturday on Wyoming Highway 789 near Jeffrey City. Initial reports indicate a bicyclist had fallen down. The Wyoming Highway Patrol also responded.

, but further information was unavailable Tuesday.

Stratmoen said the California man also will not undergo an autopsy, but toxicology results will be available in about a week.

Nothing unusual

In general, Stratmoen said, his agency's case load over the eclipse weekend was "pretty much in line with what would be expected for this time of year."

"There were no unusual incidents that could be attributed to the eclipse activity," he said, "but we were prepared."

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