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Web-first update: Two dead in Wednesday crash

Modified: Thursday, Jan 10th, 2013




UPDATED at 3 p.m.

A motor vehicle accident in the area of the Wyoming-Nebraska state line on Highway 92 has resulted in two fatalities.

The Wyoming Highway patrol says an 18-year-old Scottsbluff, Neb., woman has died in the rollover accident. The patrol identifies the victim as Alexis Wheeler, a 2012 graduate of Scottsbluff High School.

A second passenger, 19-year-old Scottsbluff native Hallie Anderson, died at Regional West Medical Center at 1 p.m. Thursday after being airlifted to the hospital in the early morning hours Thursday.

The Wyoming Highway patrol reports Wheeler was a passenger in a car, driven by Ethan Kaufman, 22, of Cheyenne, that was westbound on Highway 92 a mile west of the state line. According to the WHP, Kaufman's vehicle drifted off the right side of the road and into a ditch, where it collided with a private driveway approach.

Sergeant Steve Townsend says the vehicle vaulted over the approach and into a drainage ditch, where it flipped over several times before coming to rest on its side.

None of the six occupants were wearing a seat belt and two passengers, 19-year-old Tyler Hill of Lyman, Neb., and Anderson, were ejected. They were transported to Regional West Medical Center and are listed in critical condition.

Kaufman, 23-year-old Stetson Allen of Morrill, Neb., and 20-year-old James Buford of Morrill were taken by ambulance to Community Hospital in Torrington and then transferred to Regional West.

According to the WHP, speed and alcohol are being investigated as a contributing factor.



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For the complete article see the 01-10-2013 issue.



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