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Fatal Accident In Snake River Canyon

August 6, 2012 State of Wyoming, Teton County No Comments
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An accident Saturday afternoon on US Highway 26-89 through the Snake River Canyon claimed the life of two people and left a third seriously injured.  According to Lt. Tom Kelly of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the accident occurred shortly before 3:30 pm, when a southbound vehicle driven by 69-year-old Gloria Monk of Layton, Utah drifted off the side of the road as she was driving southbound near the junction with South Fall Creek Road. Kelly says Monk apparently overcorrected and lost control, skidding across the center line and colliding with a three wheeled motorcycle ridden by 57-year-old Gerald West of Ogden, Utah.  West was killed in the crash.  The motorcycle slammed into the side of the car as it was skidding perpendicular to the highway and Monk’s passenger, 72 year old Arnold Monk also died of injuries sustained in the crash.  Kelly says Gloria Monk was taken to St. John’s Medical Center where she was admitted for her injuries.  The wreck blocked traffic in both directions on the highway for more than an hour.

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