MANDERSON — Driver inattention and speed are being investigated as possible causes for a fatal crash south of Manderson, Wyoming.
On July 5, a fatal crash occurred around milepost 17 on Wyoming 433 south of Manderson. At 3:31 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were notified of a motor-vehicle collision.
A 2007 Cadillac Escalade was traveling south on Wyoming 433 behind a 2014 Nissan Titan. The driver of the Cadillac failed to notice the driver of the Nissan slowing to attempt a turn. The Cadillac collided with the Nissan, causing it to exit the roadway and overturn.
The driver of the Nissan has been identified as 80-year-old Manderson, Wyoming, resident Thomas A. Jahrig. Jahrig was not wearing a seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the crash scene.
The driver of the Cadillac has been identified as 33-year-old Greybull, Wyoming, resident Micah E. Maas. Maas was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to the South Big Horn County Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. A juvenile passenger in the vehicle was in a child seat restraint and transported to the South Big Horn County Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.
Driver inattention and speed on the part of Maas are being investigated as potential contributing factors.
This is the 48th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2021 compared to 47 in 2020, 84 in 2019, and 47 in 2018 to date.