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Two Killed, Four Injured In Accident Near Evanston

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By Jennifer Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

Two people were killed and four injured in a crash on Interstate 80 near Evanston that closed part of the highway for several hours Sunday, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

The patrol reported that Wolf Point, Montana, residents William Baker, 71, and Scobey Baker, a juvenile, both died when the SUV they were in was hit just inside the Wyoming border on the interstate.

According to patrol reports, the SUV driven by William Baker was stopped behind a pickup truck on the interstate because of an accident on the roadway ahead of them. Reports said the SUV was hit by a pickup truck driven by Braylin Wertenberger, 29, of Greeley, Colorado, and was pushed into the pickup truck.

Wertenberger failed to see the stopped traffic, the patrol said.

William Baker died after being flown to the University of Utah for treatment, while Scobey Baker died at the scene of the accident. A third passenger in the SUV was taken to Evanston Regional Hospital for treatment.

Wertenberger was also transported to the hospital in Evanston while his passenger, Mollie Wright of Brighton, Colorado, was flown to the University of Utah. Their conditions are unknown.

One passenger in the pickup truck in front of the SUV was taken to the Evanston hospital for treatment.

Speed and driver inattention on the part of Wertenberger are being investigated as contributing factors in the accident. This marks the 53rd and 54th fatalities on Wyoming’s roadways this year, compared to 59 in 2020.

Three UW Students Killed, Two Injured In Weekend Car Crash

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Three University of Wyoming students were killed and two were injured, one critically, in a two-car collision south of the Wyoming state line over the weekend.

The accident occurred late Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 287, several miles south of the Wyoming/Colorado state line, according to the university.

The students killed were: Sienna Potter, 18, a first-year student in early childhood education who attended high school outside of London but had family in Laramie; Rebecca Marley, 19, a first-year student in marketing who attended high school in Dubai and had family in The Woodlands, Texas; and William Malone, 21, a senior in computer science from Fort Collins, Colorado.

Two other UW students were injured in the crash. One was reported to be in critical condition Monday at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado. The other was hospitalized in Fort Collins.

Three other UW students, traveling in a third vehicle, witnessed the accident.

“Words fail us, as they simply can’t express our sadness,” UW president Ed Seidel said in a statement. “Our hearts are broken for the families, their friends and our entire community.”

The university’s dean of students office has been in contact with all of the family members of the victims and will continue to reach out to those close to those involved in the accident.

“During what has been an extremely challenging academic year for all of us, this unspeakable loss seems to be almost more than our community can bear,” Seidel said. “As we grieve the loss of these students and seek to recover from other tragic and distressful developments in recent weeks and months, let’s do our best and pull together, support those who are suffering, and show the compassion and kindness that characterize what it means to be part of this community.”

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