An accident that occurred Tuesday evening, Sept. 18, has claimed the life of Troy L. Turner, 36, of Afton. The accident took place approximately two miles south of Afton just after 8:30 p.m. According to information provided by the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the accident involved a 2006 Honda CFR100 Motorcycle and a 2012 Blue Bird School Bus from Uinta County.
“The Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatch Center in Cheyenne received a report from a citizen of two dirt bikes traveling through the Town of Afton, southbound on U.S. 89 with no lights,” the Highway Patrol report of the incident states. “A trooper was dispatched to this report, however, 11 minutes later the dispatch center received the report of the crash with one of the dirt bikes and a school bus.”
According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Peggy Faddis, 51, of Evanston, was the driver of the school bus. She was traveling south and did not see the bike “until it was too late.” The school bus rear-ended the motorcycle.
“Upon impact, the motorcycle became lodged under the right, front of the school bus,” the report states. Turner died at the scene. The school bus was transporting the Evanston Freshman Football Team home after a game.
“There were 22 students on the bus and three coaches,” the accident report states. “There were no injuries to any passengers on the school bus.”
The accident resulted in the temporary closure of the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 89.
“The driver of the second dirt bike was operating his motorcycle in the dirt barrow pit at the time of the crash and was not involved in the crash,” the accident report states. The Wyoming Highway Patrol listed the unlit dirt bike as “a contributing factor” in the accident. The patrol is also awaiting toxicology results to determine of alcohol played a role in the incident.
Funeral services for Troy Lee Turner will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Osmond Chapel. Family will greet freinds Friday, Sept. 21, from 6-8 p.m. at the Schwab Mortuary in Afton and again at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services on Saturday.