A Wyoming man is dead after sideswiping an oversize load and rolling his pickup, the Wyoming Highway Patrol says.

The crash happened around 1:23 p.m. on April 28 at mile marker 79.9 on Interstate 25 in Wheatland.

Wyoming Highway Patrol
Wyoming Highway Patrol

According to a fatality crash summary, a northbound semi hauling an oversize load was in the right lane when 74-year-old Thomas Anderson, who was northbound in the left lane, crossed the centerline and collided with the left-side projection of the oversize load.

Anderson then steered hard to the left, which caused his pickup to enter the median and roll, coming to rest in the southbound left lane.

Anderson was wearing his seat belt but died from his injuries. The trucker was not injured in the crash.

An equipment failure or issue is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

Of the 45 people who have died on Wyoming's highways so far this year, five, or 11.11%, have died in crashes on I-25, all of which have occurred in Platte County.


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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