Patrolman: Alcohol a factor in fatal accident

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Toxicology reports regarding a Craig man killed in a Wyoming traffic accident show a blood-alcohol content of .15, said Lt. Bill Morse, a Wyoming highway patrolman.

Drivers in Wyoming are considered legally drunk with a .08 BAC.

"We can't say it was the sole cause of the crash, but it certainly played a factor," Morse said.

Bruce Corson, 39, was killed the evening of Oct. 21 after his truck sideswiped a 48-foot tractor-trailer on Wyoming Highway 789, about five miles south of Creston Junction, Wyo.

Corson was driving north on the highway at about 10:15 p.m., when officers have said his 1988 Ford pickup crossed over the centerline of the two-lane road.

Corson's vehicle struck the tractor-trailer, moving south at roughly the posted speed limit of 65 mph, at about the left front tire. Corson's truck continued moving down the side of the trailer before exiting from underneath it and coming to a stop in the northbound lane.

Morse said patrolmen found open alcohol containers inside Corson's wrecked truck.

Corson was not wearing his seat belt, Morse added.

An employee of an area gravel mining operation, Corson that night was about three miles away from a turnoff leading to his temporary home, authorities have said.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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