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Wrecks mar early part of Memorial Day weekend
May 26, 2014 - By Steve Peck, Publisher and Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer
The Memorial Day weekend in Fremont County started with a crunch, as three serious automobile accidents drew emergency response Friday and Saturday, with injuries reported.
Friday evening on the Wind River Indian Reservation, the driver of a red sedan lost control on westbound Rendezvous Road near Arapahoe and left the roadway at about 5:30 p.m.
The accident occurred on a downhill curve, and the car careened into the sagebrush borrow pit. The vehicle bounced along at high speed for about 100 yards, tearing out a section of fence before colliding with a power pole.
Witnesses aid two female occupants of the car were injured. Radio traffic reported that one occupant was conscious at the scene, the other unconscious. Witnesses at the scene said one ambulance left for Lander, the other toward Riverton.
At least one occupant required extrication, and the roof of the car was removed.
Emergency response was heavy, with Fremont County Ambulance Fremont County Fire Protection District and Wind River Police personnel were at the scene.
An official of Rocky Mountain Power also was on hand to inspect damage to the power pole, but he said no significant damage took place, and no power outage resulted. There appeared to have been no fire, either.
Traffic was light on the roadway, and no significant delays for motorists were necessary.
The medical conditions of the two occupants were not available Saturday. Witnesses said it appeared one was wearing a seatbelt while the second might not have been.
Honor Farm intersection
One of Fremont County's most-notorious intersections was the site of another wreck at about 10 a.m. Saturday when a collision occurred near the intersection of northbound Wyoming Highway 789 and Honor Farm Road just north of Riverton.
Trooper Wyrick of the Wyoming Highway Patrol reported that a black GMC Yukon SUV was traveling east on Country Acres Road, directly across the highway from Honor Farm Road, when the vehicle entered the highway before oncoming traffic was clear.
The Yukon collided forcefully with a gold-colored Toyota Camry, totaling both vehicles.
Witnesses at the scene said the driver of the Yukon was a teen-aged boy who did not have a driver's license.
Trooper Wyrick confirmed the boy's approximated age at 16. He also had been told the youth was unlicensed but had not confirmed that detail. The boy was detained at the scene and did not appear to have suffered serious injury.
The driver of the Camry, an adult woman, had to be extricated from the car. She was transported immediately to SageWest Health Care at Riverton.
Riverton police, the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department, Fremont County Ambulance and Fremont County Sheriff's Office were on the scene with the Highway Patrol.
The intersection of 789, Country Acres Road and Honor Farm Road has been the scene of more than a dozen major traffic accidents in recent years, with some resulting in fatalities.
Numerous safety enhancements to the area have been made through the years.
Later Saturday, a red sedan swerved into the lane of a pickup truck pulling a camper trailer near Hudson, damaging the trailer significantly. A man was driving the pickup accompanied by a female passenger.
The red car continued toward Riverton for more than a mile before stopping. The incident occurred at around noon.
County ambulance personnel rendered aid to the driver of the red vehicle at the scene. She did not appear to be injured seriously.
The driver of the another vehicle said she just missed colliding the red car when it veered into her lane shortly before striking the camper.
The near-miss driver called 911 after the collision.
Witnesses at the scene said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the wreck, and authorities suspected that a "medical event" may have caused the driver of the red car to swerve.
No one in the other vehicle was injured.
All three accidents are under ongoing investigation.