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Medical response temporarily closed highway
Oct 18, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer
An emergency medical response closed U.S. Highway 20/26 at its intersection with Lysite Moneta Road for about two hours Friday morning.
Medical personnel were called to the area to assist an 82-year-old Michigan man who had been hunting near Lysite.
Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said the man was in a nearby hunting camp when he began feeling ill. His companions put him in a vehicle and attempted to bring him to help.
The Michigan man died near milepost 79 between Lysite and Hiland where emergency medical vehicles were able to reach him.
McAuslan was still completing his investigation Friday but said he was sure the man died of natural causes.
A call came to the Fremont County communications center at 7:30 a.m. requesting an emergency medical assistance. Dispatchers sent an ambulance, a Riverton-based helicopter and several deputies to assist, said Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee.
Law enforcement stopped traffic so the helicopter could take off and land on the highway.
Wyoming Department of Transportation originally reported a vehicle collision caused the closure, but Lee said there was no wreck.
"They had to close the highway momentarily so they could land the helicopter," Lee said.
While medics responded to the incident, deputies opened one lane of traffic and closed the highway again when the helicopter departed.
Normal traffic resumed by 9:30 a.m. when the road was reopened.