Evanston man dies in I-80 rollover

EVANSTON — An Evanston man was killed in a single vehicle rollover on Thursday, Jan. 24. According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the accident took place around 6:50 a.m. near mile marker 35 on eastbound Interstate 80.

The driver and lone occupant of the 2008 Ford F-350 that rolled has been identified as 24-year-old Evanston resident Tyree L. Summers. According to WHP, Summers’ pickup drifted off the left side of the roadway before it overturned. Summers, who has family in Box Elder County, Utah, graduated from Bear Lake High School in 2012 and was recently engaged to Evanston woman Taelor Christiansen, according to his obituary, which can be read in full on page A4.

He was working for South and Jones Lumber at the time of his death. According to his obituary, Summers had a contagious laugh and smile, and he enjoyed hunting, working on the farm and camping.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating the incident and has cited “driving too fast for road conditions” as a possible contributing factor to the deadly crash. “The road conditions were slick at the time of the crash,” a WHP press release states.

Although Summers was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, he became the 12th fatality on Wyoming’s highways in 2019. That’s four times the number of Wyoming highway deaths through the same time period in each of the last three years.


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