Craig man killed in Wyoming traffic accident |

Craig man killed in Wyoming traffic accident

Paul Shockley

An investigation continues into an accident Monday that killed a Craig man, whose vehicle sideswiped at tractor-trailer about five miles south of Creston Junction, Wyo.

Bruce Corson, 39, of Craig, was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital in Carbon County, Wyo., after being extricated from his vehicle at the scene of the accident occurring at about 10:15 p.m. on Wyoming Highway 789, roughly 23 miles west of Rollins, Wyo.

Lt. Bill Morse, with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, said Corson,

driving 1988 Ford pickup, was northbound on the highway when he apparently crossed over the

center line of the two-lane


The driver of a southbound semi Richard Smith, 43, of Casper, Wyo. saw Corson approaching and pulled over to the shoulder to avoid a head-on collision, Morse said.

Corson’s truck struck the semi at the left front tire, and continued down its side before exiting from underneath the trailer and coming to a stop in the northbound lane.

Smith’s 1994 Kenworth tractor, hauling a 48-foot flatbed trailer, was registered to Waggoners Trucking of Oklahoma, Morse said.

Corson was not wearing a sea t belt, while Smith was, Morse said.

Both vehicles were traveling at about the posted speed limit of 65 mph, Morse said.

Corson, employed by an area gravel mining operation, was about three miles away from the turnoff leading to his temporary residence, the trooper added.

Services had yet to be set Wednesday morning at Grant Mortuary.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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