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Truck drivers from Utah, Texas killed in Wyoming crash

(Wyoming Highway Patrol)



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CASPER, Wyoming — A Utah man and a Texas man were killed Wednesday in a head-on crash between two tractor-trailer trucks.

The crash happened about 6:30 a.m. on state Highway 220 about 38 miles southwest of Casper, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. David Wagener.

Brody R. Phillips, 23, of Vernal, was driving a 2015 Mack truck pulling a trailer when he crossed into the oncoming lane for reasons that are not yet known, according to investigators.

Phillips' truck crashed into a 2016 Freightliner hauling a trailer that was driven by Vernice E. Rayvon, 63, of Killeen, Texas.

Phillips and Rayvon both sustained fatal injuries, Wagener said. Rayvon was wearing his seat belt; Phillips was not, the sergeant said.

The crash caused a temporary closure of the highway with traffic being detoured around the scene until 2 p.m. Contributing factors in the crash are still being investigated, Wagener said.

Geoff Liesik

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