Three people were injured
in a rear-end collision that took place
Friday evening about 5 miles west of Pinedale,
slowing traffic to a single lane.
The call came in at 5:01 p.m. and the
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, Unified
Fire and EMS along with Wyoming Highway
Patrol responded to the call after one
southbound truck rear-ended another vehicle
that was stopped on Highway 191 to
make a left turn into Percussion Lane.
A Chevy Colorado truck driven by
Jared Foster, of Pinedale, with his daughter
as a passenger, collided with the rear
of a Dodge Durango SUV driven by Jason
Morton, also of Pinedale, according to Wyoming
Highway Patrol Trooper Landon
Morton had stopped to wait for traffic
before making the turn, he said, and Foster
was driving 65 to 70 miles an hour.
Sublette County Unified Fire and deputies
worked to remove all three from their
respective seats, with Morton’s door being
cut away to get him out. Foster’s truck
doors also needed to be pried open to remove
him and his daughter.
All three were stabilized at the scene
and taken by ambulance to the Pinedale
Medical Clinic; the juvenile girl was then
life-flighted to the Children’s Primary Care
Hospital in Salt Lake City and admitted to
intensive care with severe internal injuries,
bruised lungs and fractures to her spine,
according to a family post. She was since
transferred to the Neuro Trauma Unit and
listed in serous but stable condition.
Both men were treated at the clinic. The
girl was wearing her seatbelt; her father
was not. It was not clear if Morton was
wearing his or not.
Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating
driver distraction as a possible contributor
to the collision.