No serious injury from spectacular wreck TuesdayFeb 20, 2015 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
After being reported initially as a possible fatal wreck, a two-vehicle accident Tuesday near South Pass had a much better outcome. Officials say everyone involved in the incident was treated and released that afternoon.
All five people were wearing seatbelts.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Adams said the collision took place just after 5 p.m. Tuesday on Wyoming Highway 28 about 30 miles south of Lander. Reports state a 2014 Toyota 4Runner was northbound when a southbound 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck pulling a trailer lost control on the icy roadway and jackknifed.
"(The pickup) crossed into the northbound lane, where the vehicles collided head-on," Adams said Thursday.
The truck and trailer came to rest in the east barrow ditch, he added, while the 4Runner stopped in the southbound lane of travel.
Improper lane use
The driver of the pickup was David Mecham, 27, of Worland. He was cited for improper lane use as a result of the accident; Adams said the speed at which Mecham was driving on icy roads was a factor in the crash.
Mecham's passengers were Lacey Larcen, 25, and Calvin Orr, 26. Larcen was airlifted to SageWest Health Care at Riverton after the crash, but she was treated and released from the hospital that afternoon.
"She was out of the hospital before the trooper got there," Adams said.
Deputies transported Mecham and Orr to SageWest Health Care at Riverton for treatment. The men were released that day.
The driver of the 4Runner was Edward Austin, 61, of Prescott, Ariz.. His passenger was Margarete Austin, 51. Both were transported by ambulance to SageWest Health Care at Lander and were treated and released that afternoon.
Airbags deployed in both of the vehicles, which were disabled and had to be towed from the scene.
The highway was closed to accommodate the aircraft that transported Larcen.