53-year-old man dies in weekend collision near Muddy Gap

This user submitted photo, taken near the Carbon County community of Muddy Gap, shows a line of vehicles that were backed up for several miles, following a fatal crash on Highway 287, on July 11th, 2018. The photo was taken approximately 4 hours following the crash. (Submitted Photo)

Details have been released following a fatal crash on US Highway 287, on July 7th, 2018; near the communities of Muddy Gap and Bairoil in Wyoming.

Montie Bean, age 53, of Wyoming, has been identified as the deceased in the crash, which closed Highway 287 between Rawlins and Muddy Gap, for several hours on Saturday.

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At 11:02 AM, July 7th, a Peterbilt combination commercial vehicle was said to be traveling South on U.S. 287 and Bean was driving Dodge Durango, traveling North.

According to witnesses and evidence at scene, investigators believe the Durango crossed the center line and went into the southbound lane of travel and collided with the Peterbilt.

The driver of the Peterbilt is said to have taken evasive action to avoid a collision with the Durango and drove off the roadway to the West.

Bean died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. Officials say that he was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

Contributing factors in the crash have not been released by Wyoming Highway Patrol investigators.