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Drugs or booze likely factors in wreck that closed U.S. Highway 20

May 12, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Officials believe alcohol or drugs were involved a traffic accident that closed U.S. Highway 20 north of Shoshoni.

According to reports, Roark Fairchild of Buhl, Idaho, was driving a Toyota Rav4 north at about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday when he crossed the highway's center line and struck the rear wheels of an oncoming tractor-trailer combination driven by Charles Piel of Missouri.

The Toyota returned to its lane, then swerved back into oncoming traffic, striking a southbound tractor-trailer combination owned by the Wyoming Bureau of Reclamation and driven by Randy Dowlds of Laramie.

Neither truck driver was injured, but Fairchild was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital and flown to the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper for treatment.

Officials said the man, who appeared to be in his 50s, had to be extricated from his vehicle, which was totaled in the crash.


In a separate accident, Aoah Renfred, 24, of Fort Washakie, was treated for lacerations and released from a local hospital after reportedly rolling his 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck at about 2:50 a.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 26 near Kinnear. He reportedly was cited for driving under the influence, no seatbelt and no driver's license.

Renfred was driving east when he left the roadway to the south and rolled the pickup at least once. No road blockage was reported.

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