At 10:57 AM on October 31st, emergency responders were dispatched to the intersection of Skyline and HWY 14-16 for a three vehicle accident. Gillette Police Lieutenant Brent Wasson said that moments before the crash, a 39-year-old man was observed traveling approximately 60 mph westbound on 2nd Street, before running a red light and impacting a 2004 Cadillac, driven by a 34-year-old woman. The man then sped away but lost control of his 2001 Ford Van before it struck a 2002 gold Pontiac driven by a 17-year-old male, that was parked at the gas pumps. After hitting the parked vehicle, the initial vehicle struck a gas pump. A small fire was reported at the base of the pump, but was quickly extinguished by Kwik Shop employees.
Campbell County Under-sheriff Scott Matheny said two deputies on scene observed that the driver of the van was unresponsive, and they pulled him clear of the fire and gasoline. Wasson said that the preliminary investigation points to a medical emergency being the cause of the chain of events, but noted the investigation continued after the 39-year-old was taken to the emergency room. Estimated damage of over $1,000 was sustained by each vehicle. The preliminary cost to replace the gas pump is estimated at $20,000. The 17-year-old reported minor neck and back pain.