Hudson Teen Killed in Accident Near Medicine Bow

Hudson Teen Killed in Accident Near Medicine Bow

CHEYENNE – A fatal crash north of Medicine Bow, Wyoming has resulted in the death of 19-year-old female Hudson, Wyoming resident Ryon Countryman.

According to a Wyoming Highway Patrol release, the crash occurred on November 27th at 4 p.m. near milepost 11 on Wyoming State Highway 487, approximately 11 miles north of Medicine Bow.

Ryon Countryman was a passenger in a 2006 Kia Spectra passenger car that was driven by 18-year-old Sheridan, Wyoming resident Carson Holwell (female). The Kia was traveling south on WY 487 in blizzard conditions with a snow and ice covered road surface. Holwell lost control of the Kia while braking to avoid several other vehicles that had lost control and were running off of the highway.

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The southbound Kia crossed the centerline of the highway and collided head-on with a northbound 1991 Ford F-250 pickup truck that was driven by 33-year-old Manville, Wyoming resident Robert Bryant.

Ryon Countryman was wearing her seat belt and sustained fatal injuries on scene.

Carson Holwell was wearing her seat belt and was transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in Rawlins, Wyoming where she was treated and released. Another passenger in the Kia, a 16-year-old female, was not wearing her seatbelt and was taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbon County where she was treated and released.

Robert Bryant and his passenger, 27-year-old Denver, Colorado resident Tiffanie McGee, were both wearing their seatbelts and were not injured.

Driver inexperience and road conditions due to the weather are being investigated as contributing factors in this crash that marked the 107th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2016. There were 138 fatalities during this same time period in 2015.