A 37-year-old Utah Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) officer was killed in an off duty truck accident in Wyoming, according to Seattle PI. The accident happened on September 24. The officer, Keith Fullenkamp, had been hunting elk in Colorado and was on his way back to Utah when his pickup truck was struck by a semitrailer north of Baggs, Wyoming.
Fullenkamp was headed northbound in his pickup when it was struck head-on by the semitrailer, which was traveling southbound, after the semitrailer had veered into the pickup’s lane. After the accident, the semi burst into flames. The accident occurred on Wyoming Route 789 about 15 miles north of Baggs, which is located in south central Wyoming, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Wyoming Route 789 was closed for four hours as troopers cleaned up the accident.
Fullenkamp had tried to avoid the collision by driving onto the northbound shoulder, but the two vehicles still collided. He was killed in the wreck, but despite the semitrailer catching fire, the 54-year-old truck driver was able to escape with only non-life threatening injuries. Wyoming Highway Patrol was still investigating what caused the truck driver to veer into Fullenkamp’s lane at the time of this report. Fullenkamp leaves behind a wife and a 1-year-old son.
“Today will be counted among the darkest of our careers, but we must move forward in a way that honors Keith’s memory and his service to the people of Utah,” said Utah DWR Director Gregory Sheehan. “For those of you who knew Keith, you know that he was a great friend to all. For now, our focus and priority must be in ensuring the Fullenkamp family receive the care, support, and resources to get them through the coming days and weeks. Life is fragile, precious and unpredictable. Go home to your families and hold them close.”
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[Did You Know?: Driver fatigue is responsible for roughly 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents.]
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