The Wyoming Highway Patrol says speed may be to blame for a two-vehicle crash that left one trucker dead and another injured.

The crash happened around 10:10 a.m. last Thursday, Feb. 15, at milepost 19 on Wyoming 50 near Gillette.

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According to a fatality crash summary, a semi was headed north when the driver lost traction on the icy, snow-covered road and jackknifed, blocking the southbound lane.

The driver of a southbound semi then crested the hill and struck the jackknifed semi's passenger side drive axles, causing the southbound semi's cargo tank to dislodge and impact the cab.

The summary says both semi's cabs were dislodged from their respective chassis and came to rest in the ditch.

Despite being buckled up, 39-year-old Wyoming driver Jason Tisdale didn't survive his injuries.

The other driver was also reportedly injured in the crash, but the summary did not say to what extent.

Road Fatalities: Most Dangerous Time, Day, and Month by State

Knowing what dangers are ahead is part of being a good driver. Georgia-based attorneys at Bader Scott gathered information from the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) to determine the most fatal time, day, and month to be on the road in each of the 50 states.

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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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