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Two injured in wreck on icy road

Dec 4, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The crash occurred in the 300 block of North Fork Road near Lander, an area that almost always is covered in shade.

A 16-year-old Lander girl was airlifted from Lander after she broke her leg in a head-on collision on North Fork Road.

A 47-year-old Lander woman also was involved in the incident; she was transported to Lander Regional Hospital to be treated for chest pain from airbag deployment.

Officials said the teen was driving a small 1985 Dodge truck when she hit an icy patch in the road at about 2 p.m. Nov. 24.

"She was unable to maneuver a sharp curve in the road due to slick conditions," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said in a press release.

The vehicle slid through the corner and collided with a southbound 2012 Chevrolet truck driven by the 47-year-old Lander woman.

Investigators said both trucks were traveling at about 20 mph when the crash occurred in the 300 block of North Fork Road.

Lander Rural Fire Department captain Dalton Sanders the area is almost always covered in shade.

"It never sees the sun, so it never gets a chance to thaw," he said. "(It) was snow packed."

His agency responded to the crash and remained at the scene for about 40 minutes. Sanders said both vehicles sustained substantial damage, and firefighters had to extricate the teen from her truck.

"The door was jammed, and we had to just pry it open," Sanders said.

He added that the girl was alert and communicating at the scene.

"We just assisted with medical assist ... then turned her over to EMS and law enforcement," he said.

The two drivers were the only people involved in the incident. Officials said the wreck is under investigation.