Crash claims life near Kemmerer


AFTON (WNE) — A vehicle accident near Kemmerer has claimed the life of a Michigan man. The accident occurred on Sunday, June 9, just prior to 10 p.m.

According to information provided by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the accident took place around milepost 23 on U.S. 189 south of Kemmerer.

“Around 9:50 p.m. Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to the area for a one-vehicle rollover,” said Sgt. Jeremy Beck of the WHP. “A 2003 Chevrolet S-10 was traveling northbound on U.S. 189 when the vehicle drifted off the right shoulder of the roadway.  The driver over-corrected back to the left before the vehicle exited the roadway a second time and overturned.”     

Wyoming Highway Patrol reports the driver of the Chevrolet has been identified as 44-year-old St. Helen, Michigan, resident Josh D. Wiggins.  Wiggins was wearing his seatbelt.

Wiggins was transported to the South Lincoln Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.  

“Speed is being investigated as a possible contributing factor,” said Sgt. Beck. 

This is the 69th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2019 compared to 41 in 2018, 51 in 2017, and 30 in 2016 to date.

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