3 extricated in Friday night collision

Joy Ufford photo Firefighters work to open the passenger door of the Chevy Colorado as EMTs and firefighters tend to a man injured in the Dodge Durango, to the rear facing in the other direction.

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

Call.

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.

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