Tire failure is being investigated in a fatal motorcycle crash on September 7th that has resulted in the death of 61 year old Cynthia Landers of Emmett, Idaho. The crash happened on the 7th at 2:27 p.m. on Interstate 80 approximately 24 miles west of Green River, Wyoming.

Mrs. Landers was the passenger on a motorcycle being operated by 64 year old Gordon Landers, also from Emmett, Idaho. The Landers were both wearing helmets and traveling eastbound on I-80 when the rear tire on the motorcycle blew. The tire failure caused Mr. Landers to lose control of the bike. Both riders were thrown from the motorcycle during the crash.

Cynthia Landers was taken by helicopter to the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah where she died on September 8th. Gordon Landers was taken to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming where he has been treated and released.

The rear tire failure is being investigated as the contributing factor in this crash. The crash did cause a temporary closure of the highway. Mrs. Landers marked the 109th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2015. There were 104 highway fatalities during this same time period in 2014.