Fatalities on US 287

At around 12:45 pm on Friday, May 16, 2014, three vehicles, a white flatbed pickup, followed by a white flatbed combination unit, and commercial vehicle driven by 48 year old John Francks of Rock Springs, WY , were traveling south bound on US287 at approximately milepost 28.5 when the white flatbed pickup slowed down and pulled off the roadway onto a county road. The white flatbed combination unit following the pickup swerved around and passed flatbed pickup. Francks locked the brakes on his vehicle causing the truck to jack-knife with the cab in the northbound lane of travel perpendicular to the highway. A second commercial vehicle driven by 31 year old Gary P Linton of Thermopolis, WY was traveling north bound and crashed into the jack-knifed vehicle.

Both drivers were declared dead at the scene. Inattentive driving and following too close are contributing factors leading to the cause of the crash.
      
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