Posted: Jun 30, 2012 10:54 PM by KTVQ (Billings)
Updated: Jun 30, 2012 10:56 PM
Five people are dead, including a three-year-old boy and three Boy Scouts, after a head-on collision near Meeteetse, Wyoming.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Captain Captain Len Declercq says the fatal crash occurred Saturday morning between a motor home and sports utility vehicle just 33 miles northwest of Thermopolis, Wyoming on Highway 120.
The accident happened shortly after 10 am. WHP says for some unknown reason, the driver of a Honda Element drifted from the southbound lane and crashed head on with a motorhome that was northbound.
Everyone inside the Honda Element died; three of the men died at the scene of the crash and one man later died at a hospital in Cody, Wyoming.
WHP says the driver of the Honda was 64 years-old, two other passengers were 17 years old, and another passenger was 22 years old. The occupants were from Colorado Springs or Woodland Park, Colorado, areas.
Captain Declercq says they men were part of a Boy Scouts group and were traveling back from a trip to Cody, Wyoming when the crash occurred.
One person, a three year-old boy, traveling inside the motorhome died in the crash. The driver of the motorhome was airlifted to Billings, Montana for treatment. At last report, Captain Declercq says the driver was out of critical condition.
The other two passengers inside the motorhome were taken to Thermopolis, WY for injuries. They were treated and released from the hospital.
The three-year-old boy was in a car seat, strapped in and buckled at the time of the crash. All four passengers inside the Honda were wearing seat belts.
Speed is not thought to be a factor in the crash. It is unknown at this time what caused the driver to drift into the southbound lane.