Two people were killed and another injured in a head-on collision south of Lusk Wednesday afternoon, the Wyoming Highway Patrol says.

The crash happened around 4:04 p.m. at milepost 147 on U.S. 85.

Wyoming Highway Patrol
Wyoming Highway Patrol

According to a fatality crash summary, 81-year-old United Kingdom resident Robert Robertson was riding in a northbound Ford F-150 when the driver crossed the centerline and collided in an offset head-on manner with an oncoming Dodge Caravan being driven by 85-year-old Montana resident Ronald Penn.

Robinson and Penn were wearing their seat belts but died from their injuries.

The pickup driver was also injured in the crash but the summary did not say to what extent.

Driver fatigue/asleep and a possible medical condition are being investigated as possible contributing factors.

This is the 47th and 48th fatality on Wyoming's highways in 2023 compared to 33 in 2022, 34 in 2021, 27 in 2020, and 63 in 2019 to date, and the fourth fatal crash in Niobrara County so far this year.

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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