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Two people died early Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 in southwest Wyoming, where a driver lost control crossing an icy bridge.

Alan Peterson, 54, and Silvia Peterson, 58, both of Idaho, died after their truck rolled twice before coming to a rest upside down, according to a Wyoming Highway Patrol crash report. Neither was wearing a seat belt and both victims were both thrown from the vehicle by the wreck.

The vehicle was found at 7 a.m. near exit 39, but the highway patrol estimated that the crash occurred about 5 hours prior. Authorities believe Alan Peterson was driving at the time of the crash.

Thus far in 2017, 113 people have died on Wyoming’s highways, according to the highway patrol’s online records. That number is up from 2016, but slightly down from the two years prior.

In 2016, 18 percent of all crashes in Wyoming took place on icy roads, according to a report published by the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

The closest National Weather Service office to the scene of the crash, in Evanston, reported temperatures in the 20s Monday morning. The low for the day occurred at 6 a.m. when the temperature dropped to 24 degrees.

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