A man is dead after rear-ending a semi on Interstate 80, the Wyoming Highway Patrol says.

The crash happened around 9:05 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Point of Rocks interchange, about 25 miles east of Rock Springs.

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According to a fatality crash summary, the semi was entering I-80 and had just merged into the right-hand lane when 42-year-old Nebraska resident Chad Bell, who was driving in the right-hand lane at estimated highway speed, rear-ended it with his van.

Bell was wearing his seat belt but died from his injuries.

The trucker was not injured in the crash.

Of the 105 people who have died on Wyoming's highways so far this year, 24, or 22.86%, have died in crashes on I-80.

According to his obituary, Bell was formerly from Alexandria, South Dakota.

Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell, South Dakota.

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