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ROCK SPRINGS — A California woman died in a crash Sunday on Interstate 80 east of Rock Springs. 

At 12:55 p.m. on Feb. 21, Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were notified of a motor vehicle collision around milepost 110.5 on I-80 east of Rock Springs. 

Lucille Hopkin, a 53-year-old California resident, was driving a 2019 Dodge Caravan eastbound on I-80 and was approaching an area of the roadway recently closed due to hazardous winter driving conditions. She failed to notice traffic was being detoured to an exit and collided with the back of a slow-moving 2020 Freightliner Penske truck, according to a press release. At the time of the crash, the road conditions were ice and snow-covered from snow blowing across the roadway.

Hopkins was wearing a seat belt and transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County for injuries sustained in the crash. The passenger in the Dodge has been identified as 79-year-old Sacramento, California, resident Mary Gallego. She was not wearing a seat belt and died of her injuries at the scene of the crash.

The driver of the Freightliner has been identified as 27-year-old Colorado resident Anthony J. Montelongo Hewitt, who was wearing a seat belt and not injured in the crash.

Speed and driver inattention on the part of Hopkins are being investigated as potential contributing factors.

This is the 15th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2021 compared to seven in 2020, 18 in 2019, and nine in 2018 to date.

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