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Wreck west of Riverton sends two to hospital

Wreck west of Riverton sends two to hospital

Dec 20, 2012 - From staff reports

Two pickup trucks collided west of Riverton on a cold Thursday morning, with two people reported to have been transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital.

Witnesses at the scene said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, although one vehicle was totaled and the other damaged extensively.

Damaged most heavily was a late-model green truck that appeared to have been traveling eastbound toward Riverton when the accident occurred about 3.5 miles west of the city limits on U.S. Highway 26.

Both vehicles ended up facing east on the uphill stretch of road about a mile west of the National Weather Service station. Debris was strewn for about 100 yards on the roadway and the borrow pit. Emergency personnel poured absorbent pellets on the roadway where fluid had spilled from the green truck. Both trucks had Fremont County license plates.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol was still investigating the accident Thursday afternoon. Although the temperature was just 9 degrees at the site, the road was dry, and weather conditions were clear and calm at the time of the wreck at about 8 a.m. Thursday.

Traffic was blocked temporarily and then allowed to proceed in one lane past the wreck site. A civilian motorist assisted emergency personnel with traffic control during the busy morning traffic period.

Responders from the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department and the Fremont County Sheriff's Office joined county ambulances on the scene with the highway patrol troopers.

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