Cowley man killed in rollover north of Powell


A 72-year-old Cowley man died Tuesday morning when his truck rolled over on Lane 5, north of Powell.

John A. Strom crashed around 11 a.m., just east of the lane’s intersection with Road 8.

“Through physical evidence at the scene and a witness statement, it was determined that Strom was eastbound ... when he drifted off of the right side of the road onto the shoulder,” Lance Mathess, a spokesman for the Park County Sheriff’s Office, said in a Wednesday news release; he noted that the shoulder is very narrow in that area and drops steeply into a ditch.

“Strom overcorrected to his left, causing his vehicle to rotate counter-clockwise and enter a sideways slide,” Mathess said.

The 2001 Ford F-150 rolled three times before coming to rest right-side up.

Strom, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected out the driver’s side window onto the road and died at the scene, Mathess said.

The crash was reported to the sheriff’s office at 11:05 a.m., with personnel from that office, Powell Valley Hospital, the Powell Volunteer Fire Department and a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper responding.

EMTs and fire units searched the area to make sure there were no other passengers in the vehicle, Mathess said.

He said the sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the crash, including whether alcohol was involved.