Crash Kills 5 in Fremont County

  Victoria Fregoso reports,

 Troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol are trying to figure out what caused the driver of an S-U-V to drive head on into another vehicle.


 The fiery crash took place four miles south of Lander on highway 789 just after midnight on Thursday. 

The driver of the Chevy Suburban was traveling north when he crossed the center of the highway and crashed head on into a south-bound vehicle.

The driver of the S-U-V was 17-year-old Matthew Denton, a student at Lander Valley High School.

"He did survive the initial impact, the crash and was taken by Life Flight to the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper and he was pronounced dead there," said Edward McAuslan, Fremont County Coroner.

The other vehicle was carrying two males and two females from the Wind River Indian Reservation, all four died at the scene.
Troopers with the Wyoming Highway Patrol say their vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.
Two of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle, while the other two were partially consumed by the fire.
The Fremont County Coroner says it will be harder to identify these two individuals and they will go through an autopsy Friday morning to look for any characteristics that might help to identify them.

"If they find any tattoos or marks, or anything like that, that might be used as an identifier," McAuslan said.

They believe the four individuals were on their way to a doctors appointment in Salt Lake City.
And meanwhile, at Lander Valley High School, additional counselors were called in to help students.

"We have the counselors from the elementary schools and the middle school and our high school," said Lisa Hafer, Principal at Lander Valley High School. "And our former counselor is in the building right now to help any students. We do have a conselor walking around the building to help with classes that the student was in."

School staff members say students were shocked when they heard about the crash that took the life of a fellow student.

"He was a very popular, great sense of humor type of student and he was in our band. Our band students have been gathering together and talking about some wonderful things he has done," Hafer said.

Counselors will be available to students on Friday as well.