Two killed in crash north of Farson
by Wyoming Highway Patrol
August 26, 2015
FARSON, WYOMING - Two men have died after a two vehicle crash on Monday, August 24, 2015 on US Highway 191 north of Farson, Wyoming. Alexander R. Greene, a 23-year old resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Benjamin K. Darneille, 21-years old from Rochester, Illinois, both sustained fatal injuries from the crash that occurred at 4:05 p.m. near mile post 51 on US 191 approximately 11 miles northwest of Farson.
For reasons unknown, Greene was driving a 2011 Ford Escape northbound in the southbound lane of US 191 exceeding the speed limit. Darneille was the front seat passenger in the Ford with Greene. The Ford was going the wrong way towards a southbound Volvo tractor pulling two trailers being driven by 55-year old Brent Hawkes of Paul, Idaho. Despite Mr. Hawkes efforts to avoid a crash, a head-on collision ensued between the two vehicles.
Greene and Darneille sustained fatal injuries on scene. Hawkes was transported by ground ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming where he was treated and released. All three men were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
Drug use and driver inattention are being investigated as contributing factors in this crash. Mr. Greene and Mr. Darneille marked the 95th and 96th highway fatalities in Wyoming for 2015. There were 99 fatalities in this same time period in 2014.
More info: Sergeant David Wagener, Wyoming Highway Patrol Public Relations and Recruitment, Cheyenne, Wyoming, (307) 777-4306 (Office).