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Thermopolis woman dies in Monday crash

WORLAND — A Thermopolis resident died after succumbing to injuries sustained in a crash Monday morning.

According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, on Monday, May 20, a fatal crash occurred at milepost 148 on US 20 south of Worland. Around 7:35 a.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to the area for a two-vehicle collision.

A 2005 Toyota Corolla, driven by 39-year-old Thermopolis, resident Annette R. Arey was traveling northbound on US 20 when the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane to pass another vehicle.

Arey failed to see an on-coming southbound 1993 Chevrolet Caprice and both vehicles collided on the southbound shoulder of the roadway.

Arey was wearing her seatbelt and succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash.

The driver of the Chevrolet has been identified as 62-year-old Worland resident Henry J. Kumpe.

Kumpe was wearing his seatbelt and transported to the Washakie Medical Center for injuries he sustained in the crash.

Unsafe passing is being investigated as a contributing factor.

This is the 63rd fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2019 compared to 36 in 2018, 36 in 2017, and 19 in 2016 to date.

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