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Four hurt in near head-on wreck Monday

Dec 27, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Three Shoshoni women were transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital at about 6 p.m. Monday after being involved in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 20/26 near Moneta.

A Casper man was airlifted from the scene.

Officials said Lyle Bryan, 66, of Casper, was eastbound in a 2009 GMC pickup truck when he crossed the center line for unknown reasons and struck a westbound GMC Envoy driven by Kimberly Robinson, 44, of Shoshoni.

"I know (she) saw him coming and attempted to move to the right but never got it done," WHP Lt. Tom Adams said.

Adams said he didn't know how fast the vehicles were going at the time of impact.

"I don't know if (Robinson) was on the brakes," he said. "They were going highway speeds I'm pretty sure."

Robinson had two passengers: Beverly Kerns, 66, and

Judy Tappe, 84, both of Shoshoni. All of the women were transported to RMH, and Kerns was treated and released.

Robinson and Kerns were wearing seatbelts, but Adams said Tappe and Bryan were not. No one was ejected, however.

"Everyone was in the vehicles, and I guess that it took some time to get them all out," Adams said. "They were extricated by the fire department."

Initial reports said one or two people were stuck inside of a vehicle. A first responder arrived at the scene at about 6:30 p.m. and said a woman involved possibly had suffered rib fractures.

Adams said the road was blocked for "quite a while" as a result of the crash. The nearly head-on impact ripped the left front wheel assemblies off the vehicles, and Adams guessed the cars were totaled.

No citations have been issued, but Adams said the investigation is ongoing.