Fatigue or distracted driving is being investigated as a possible cause for a fatal crash near Rock Springs

Published: Feb. 5, 2021 at 12:21 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release) - On February 3, 2021, a fatal crash occurred around milepost 3.5 on County Road 15 east of Rock Springs, Wyoming. At 1:26 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were notified of a motor vehicle collision.

A 2002 Chevrolet Impala was traveling southbound on County Road 15 when the vehicle crossed the centerline and entered the northbound lane colliding head-on with a 1998 Sterling Conventional tractor-trailer.

The driver of the Chevrolet has been identified as 23-year-old Rock Springs, Wyoming resident Chad S. Collard. Collard was wearing a seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.

The driver of the Sterling has been identified as 59-year-old Rock Springs, Wyoming resident Harold J. Underwood. Underwood was wearing a seatbelt and transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County for injuries he sustained in the crash.

Fatigue or distracted driving on the part of Collard is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.

This is the 14th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2021 compared to 5 in 2020, 14 in 2019, and 6 in 2018 to date.

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