A two-vehicle head-on collision Thursday, June 28, between a 2000 Nissan Sentra and a 2008 GMC Pickup on US 89 south of Thayne has claimed life of an eight-year-old boy. A Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) report, released Friday, listed Alex Nunez, 8, Thayne, as the fatality.
Nunez died at the scene of the 10:38 a.m. accident, four miles south of Thayne. He was wearing a seat belt. Nunez was a left rear passenger in the southbound Nissan driven by Jessica Diaz, 24, Thayne. Diaz, also wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to Star Valley Medical Center and then transferred to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Isabella Nunez, 1, was a rear center passenger in a car seat with a seat belt. She was taken by ambulance to Star Valley Medical Center and transferred to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
WHP listed Joseph Mack, 66, Afton, as the driver of the GMC. He was hospitalized at Star Valley Medical Center. Miriam Mack, 63, was a passenger in the GMC and was also hospitalized at Star Valley Medical Center.
Both Macks were wearing seat belts.
WHP Accident Narrative
According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol accident report, Diaz was southbound on US 89 when for reasons unknown at this time her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway where it then struck a highway delineator post. Diaz then over corrected the vehicle steering to the left in an attempt to re-enter the southbound lane of travel. The vehicle went into a broadside slide back onto the roadway and crossed the center line going into the northbound lane of travel where it then straightened out just before colliding head-on with the Mack vehicle. Upon impact, the Mack vehicle overrode the Diaz vehicle pushing it back a short distance before the Diaz vehicle went off the roadway coming to rest in the barrow pit on the east side of the roadway. The Mack vehicle came to rest in the northbound lane of travel. The crash caused a temporary closure of US 89 until Wyoming State Troopers could complete their crash investigation and clear the roadway of debris.
Star Valley EMTs, Thayne EMTs, Thayne Fire Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Wyoming Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the accident.