Jun 28, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterBarry N. Strang, 59, of Casper, died Thursday at the scene of a two-vehicle traffic accident about two miles north of Lander on Wyoming Highway 789.
Reports state Strang had just bought a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Lander and had driven it only about three miles when he collided with a tractor-trailer combination.
Jack E. Kincaid, 62, of Lander, the driver of the 2007 Kenworth tractor-trailer, was uninjured in the crash. Officials said both vehicles were northbound when the incident occurred, with Strang in the passing lane and Kincaid in the driving lane pulling two semi trailers.
"Both vehicles were in the process of negotiating a right-hand curve in the roadway when for unknown reasons, Strang's motorcycle turned to the right," a Wyoming Highway Patrol press release stated Friday. "(The motorcycle collided) with the drive axles of Kincaid's truck tractor."
Upon impact, Strang was ejected from his motorcycle. Reports state he "went under" Kincaid's tractor-trailer combination. Strang was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt-force trauma from the crash.
Officials said the collision may have been because of Strang's unfamiliarity with his new motorcycle, but the cause of the crash remains under investigation. Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said Strang's body will not undergo an autopsy. Strang reportedly was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and Kincaid was wearing a seatbelt. The tractor-trailer combination is owned by Bonneville Transloaders Inc.
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