Driver inattention, following too closely ruled factors in Friday’s double fatal near Lamont

(Rawlins, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Highway Patrol this morning said driver inattention and following too closely were contributing factors in a double-fatality crash Friday afternoon near Lamont.

The patrol’s report is copied below:

“At around 12:45 pm on Friday, May 16, 2014, three vehicles, a white flatbed pickup, followed by a white flatbed combination unit, and commercial vehicle driven by 48 year old John Francks of Rock Springs, WY, were traveling south bound on US 287 at approximately milepost 28.5 when the white flatbed pickup slowed down and pulled off the roadway onto a county road. The white flatbed combination unit following the pickup swerved around and passed the flatbed pickup. Francks locked the brakes on his vehicle causing the truck to jack-knife with the cab in the northbound lane of travel perpendicular to the highway. A second commercial vehicle driven by 31 year old Gary P. Linton of Thermopolis, WY was traveling north bound and crashed into the jack-knifed vehicle. Both drivers were declared dead at the scene. Inattentive driving and following too close are contributing factors leading to the cause of the crash.”