2 children die in Fremont County car wreck

2014-03-19T08:28:00Z 2014-03-21T10:27:03Z 2 children die in Fremont County car wreckBy BENJAMIN STORROW Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette

CASPER, Wyo. — Two young girls were killed in a car crash Tuesday morning on Highway 789 between Hudson and Lander.

Olivia and Emma Lewis died of injuries sustained in the accident Tuesday afternoon. Olivia Lewis was 6. Emma Lewis was 3.

The crash occurred shortly after 7 a.m., when the driver of an SUV lost control of her vehicle and spun into the oncoming lane. A truck traveling the opposite direction broadsided the SUV, said Sgt. Stephen Townsend, a Wyoming Highway Patrol spokesman.

The Lewis girls were riding in the SUV. The pair were flown from Riverton to a hospital in Salt Lake City.

The girls' deaths were announced by Wyoming Catholic College, where their father Sean Lewis is a professor.

“We are deeply, deeply saddened by this tragedy,” said WCC President Kevin Roberts in a prepared statement. “Our hearts are breaking for Sean, for his wife, Becca, for Olivia and Emma's sister, Vivian, and for the many, many friends and family who have been touched by these young lives."

Their mother, who was driving, was unhurt in the accident, Townsend said. Three people traveling in the truck were sent to the hospital, where they were treated and released.

The accident occurred as a winter storm moved across central Wyoming Tuesday morning, producing slippery driving conditions and closing roads across the state.

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