One person died and two others were injured following a two-vehicle St. Patrick's Day crash near Kemmerer, the Wyoming Highway Patrol says.

The crash happened around 2:50 p.m. at U.S. 30 and U.S. 189.

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According to a fatality crash summary, 77-year-old Idaho resident Ronald Tietjen had exited U.S. 30 and was westbound on the off-ramp when he failed to stop at the stop sign at U.S. 189 and was broadsided by a northbound pickup.

Tietjen was wearing his seat belt but died from his injuries.

The pickup driver and a passenger were also reportedly injured in the crash, but the summary did not say to what extent.

Driver inattention is listed as a possible contributing factor.

According to the patrol's website, this is the 31st fatality on Wyoming's highways in 2023 compared to 16 in 2022, 19 in 2021, 13 in 2020, and 34 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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