Emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 14-16-20 W. (Wyoming Highway Patrol photo)

Five people were injured, with one person taken by helicopter to Billings, following a head-on collision Tuesday morning on the North Fork.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, said Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Pence. The other four people injured in the crash were taken by ambulance to Cody Regional Health.

The scene of the crash quickly swelled with people looking to help.

“Many thanks go out to the great citizens who stopped to help these people in need,” Pence said. “Thanks also to the (Park County Sheriffs Office), Wyoming State Parks, Park County Fire, and the Cody Regional Health EMS personnel who assisted on scene.”

After troopers, deputies and firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 9:37 a.m., the highway was shut down to allow for the helicopter to land. Once the patients were transported, one lane of traffic was opened until the scene was clear at 12:16 p.m.

The investigation determined a 2020 Dodge Charger, driven by a 29-year-old from Cincinnati, Ohio, was traveling west on a left-hand corner.  As the car rounded the corner, an eastbound 1997 Ford Ranger, driven by a 60-year-old Cody, resident, was in their lane.  

In the report, Pence said the driver of the Charger attempted to steer left just prior to impact, resulting in an offset, head on collision. 

All four occupants in the Charger received injuries as well as the driver of the Ford Ranger.

Pence said the investigation into why the Ranger was in the wrong lane of travel is ongoing. 

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