It was just after basketball practice at Wind River High School when players left for home. three of them didn’t make it.
Around 5:45 p.m. a truck with two girls inside, both Sophomore members of the girls basketball team at the Pavillion school, while driving home left Gabes Road near its intersection with Summerhill Road and crashed into a power pole. Electrified lines fell on top of the truck.
Several boys following the girl’s truck stopped to help, and not knowing that live power lines were on the truck, one boy trying to help was electrocuted and burned.
After the power lines were de-energized, emergency responders were able to attend to the injured girl inside the truck, who had suffered a brain injury.
All three juveniles received emergency on-site treatment and the most seriously injured were later life flighted to hospitals outside the state for specialized treatment. Both are expected to survive but each face a long recovery. The third girl in the truck suffered minor injuries.
Due to the crash, both of the Junior Varsity boys and girls Varsity games up at Greybull Saturday were cancelled, but the boys varsity team voted to play the game in support of their teammates. It took a second half surge, and coming from behind, the Cougars raced to a 68-45 victory. The injured boy’s brother getting in the game in the late stages of the win.
The Wind River Coaches wore the injured boys jersey on the bench throughout the game, the team’s female managers wore the injured girls jerseys and the boys wrote the jersey number of their injured teammate on the arms in a show of solidarity.
Head Basketball Coach Justin Walker said the school had decided, due to Covid restrictions, not to do their annual service week this winter, but Friday’s crash changed all that. The beneficiaries of the fundraising week later this season will be the injured players.
To get the fundraising started, one of the officials at the game, Riverton’s Brian Tucker, donated his game check to the cause. More details to come.
The news release from the Sheriff’s Office with details of the crash is copied below in its entirety: