The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating a head-on collision that left one driver dead and another injured.

The crash happened around 4:51 p.m. yesterday, Jan. 11, at milepost 87.7 on Wyoming 789 between Lander and Hudson.

Wyoming Highway Patrol
Wyoming Highway Patrol

According to a fatality crash summary, 65-year-old Wyoming resident Cassaundra Vanvleet was driving north when she lost control of her pickup due to the icy road conditions, slid into oncoming traffic, and collided head-on with an SUV.

Vanvleet was wearing her seat belt but died from her injuries.

The driver of the SUV, who became trapped after their SUV rolled over in the barrow ditch, was also injured in the crash, but the patrol did not say to what extent.

This is the second fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2023 compared to one in 2022, seven in 2021, two in 2020, and seven in 2019 to date.

2022's Deadliest Wyoming County by Traffic Deaths

While car crashes can occur anywhere, some roads in Wyoming are more dangerous than others.

According to Wyoming Highway Patrol data, there were 117 fatal crashes in the Cowboy State in 2022 resulting in 133 deaths.

Of those fatal crashes, the majority (13.68%) occurred in Laramie County -- two in January, one in February, one in March, two in April, one in June, two in July, three in August, two in September, one in November, and one in December.

Sweetwater County saw the second most fatal crashes last year, 12, while Fremont and Lincoln counties each saw 10.

Albany and Park counties each recorded eight, and Campbell, Converse, and Natrona counties each tallied seven.

The deadliest 2022 crash in Laramie County took place on June 17 when two semis collided on Interstate 80 east of Cheyenne and immediately became engulfed in flames killing both drivers and a passenger.

Laramie County also saw two fatal crashes involving motorcyclists, two fatal crashes involving juveniles, and a fatal crash involving a pedestrian last year.

Below is the Wyoming Highway Patrol narrative of every fatal crash that occurred in Laramie County in 2022.

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