5 dead, 4 injured in head-on collision south of Meeteetse

2012-06-30T17:00:00Z 2012-07-13T21:08:34Z 5 dead, 4 injured in head-on collision south of MeeteetseBy MARTIN KIDSTON mkidston@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

MEETEETSE, Wyo. — Five people were killed south of here on Saturday morning and four others were seriously injured when a sport utility vehicle collided head-on with a motor home.

The accident occurred on Highway 120 shortly after 10 a.m., prompting a widespread medical response from across the Bighorn Basin.

Authorities, who were still investigating the accident late into Saturday evening, confirmed that five people were killed in the collision, including one toddler, three Boy Scouts and an adult man.

“It was a multiple-fatality accident,” said Hot Springs County Sheriff Lou Falgoust. “Five people are deceased. One was a toddler between 3 and 4 years old.”

Falgoust deferred questions on the cause of the crash to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, which was still investing the accident and couldn’t be reached Saturday.

Names unavailable

The names and exact ages of the victims was not yet available.

Falgoust said it appeared that the Honda SUV, registered in Colorado, had collided head-on with a motor home registered in Florida.

All four passengers in the Honda were killed in the crash, including the driver and three members of the Boy Scouts.

Falgoust believes the troop members were working for their Eagle Scout Badge and were returning from a camping trip around the Pahaska Teepee area.

“The driver of the Honda was around 64 years old,” Falgoust said. “They were with a convoy of at least two other vehicles that had made the trip. One was 200 yards ahead and the other was the same distance behind when the accident happened.”

Falgoust said the motor home, driven by an elderly couple, carried five passengers, including the toddler killed in the collision. The driver of the motor home was airlifted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings.

It couldn’t be confirmed where the three other victims were being treated.

As crews began arriving, emergency responders quickly reported mass casualties, including numerous fatalities.

More medical crews

Dispatchers in Park County called for mutual aid and a second medical crew was staged at West Park Hospital in Cody to deal with patients upon arrival.

A medical helicopter out of Billings also was sent to the scene. The condition and location of the four survivors was unknown Saturday.

Falgoust said the accident occurred between mile post 34 and 35 between the Worland turnoff and the Gooseberry Creek rest area, roughly 55 miles south of Cody.

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