T-Bone accident occurs on Highway 89 near Nordic Ranches
Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle accident near milepost 111 on Highway 89 Monday morning. The accident occurred shortly after 7:00 a.m. near Nordic Ranches.
The investigating officer with the Wyoming Highway Patrol told SVI News that a 37-year-old female driver from Etna was attempting to turn left into the southbound lanes of the highway from a side road but her vision was blocked by large snowbanks from the recent snowfall. The driver did not see an oncoming northbound vehicle in the far right line, driven by a 25-year-old female from Thayne. As the woman attempted to turn left onto the road, the oncoming vehicle crashed into the driver side door.
The investigating officer said the Etna woman had to be extricated from her vehicle. Both drivers were transported to Star Valley Health via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Both were wearing their seatbelts. The investigating officer stated that the results of the accident would have likely been much worse, for both drivers, if seatbelts and airbags and not been in use.
Speed and slick roads were not ruled as contributing factors in the crash. Both right lanes of traffic were closed for roughly an hour as crews cleared the scene.