Mar 19, 2014 - StaffThe two Lander children injured in a Tuesday morning accident have died as a result of their injuries, according to a press release from Wyoming Catholic College.
The girls, Olivia and Emma, were the daughters of Sean Lewis and his wife, Becca. According to the college's website, Lewis is an assistant professor of humanities at the school.
"We are deeply, deeply saddened by this tragedy," said Kevin Roberts, president of WCC. "Our hearts are breaking for Sean, for his wife, Becca, for Olivia and Emma's sister, Vivian, and for the many, many friends and family who have been touched by these young lives."
The girls were transported to Salt Lake City after being injured in a two-vehicle wreck on Wyoming Highway 789 near Lyons Valley Road.
Officials said the children had stopped breathing after the 7:30 a.m. crash but were resuscitated by ambulance crews and Lander Regional Hospital emergency room personnel.
"Both were full arrest at the scene. ... They had no pulses," ambulance director Joseph Zillmer said.
Wyoming Highway Patrol officials said Becca Lewis was driving toward Riverton when she lost control of her gray Chevy Suburban on the hill near milepost 87 on Wyoming Highway 789. WHP trooper Bob Cecrle said the Suburban went into a broadside slide and collided with an oncoming 2500 Dodge Ram three-quarter ton pickup truck carrying three male construction workers from Riverton.
"The passenger side of the Suburban got hit broadside, or close to broadside, by the white pickup truck," Cecrle said.
The pickup reportedly spun backward and came to rest in the ditch on the north side of the highway. Cecrle said the Suburban rotated 180 degrees and also ended up in the north-side ditch east of the pickup.
Zillmer said Becca Lewis was not critically injured in the collision, nor were the three people in the other vehicle.
Roads at the time of the crash were icy and snow covered, Cecrle said. The temperature was about 25 degrees, he continued, and visibility was bad due to low clouds.
He said the pickup truck had been traveling at about 45 mph in the outside lane, while the Suburban was going 50-55 mph in the center lane, according to witnesses.
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