POLICE: Driver fatigue attributed to fatal crash in Wyoming


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ALPINE, Wyoming — Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash near Alpine at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police reports show the driver, 45-year-old James Watters of Dillon, Montana, was driving a 1997 Subaru Outback southbound on U.S. Highway 89.

Authorities say the car drifted off the north shoulder of the roadway and struck a rock embankment. It vaulted and rolled once before coming to rest along the north side of the roadway.

During the rollover, both occupants, who were not wearing seat belts, were ejected from the vehicle.

Watters was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, who has not been identified, was transported by ambulance to Star Valley Medical Center.

The investigating officer attributed the crash to driver fatigue or falling asleep.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated Watters was a passenger in the vehicle. That was incorrect and the article has now been fixed. EastIdahoNews.com apologies for the error.