Laramie, Wyoming – Husband and Wife Wildlife Veterinarians who were experts on Wildlife Diseases were killed in a head-on crash on a snowy highway 287 near the Wyoming-Colorado border. 63 year old Tom Thorne, a longtime Wyoming Game and Fish employee and 53 year old Beth Williams, a noted researcher and faculty member at the University of Wyoming, were killed when their pickup crashed into a Tractor Trailer that had jackknifed into their lane. Thorne gained national prominence through his work with wildlife disease management and Williams was the first to identify Chronic Wasting Disease and was perhaps the nations top expert on it. Wyoming Game and Fish Director Terry Cleveland says they cannot be replaced.
U-W Vice President for Academic Affairs Tom Buchanon says Williams will be missed by everyone who cares about Wildlife in the Rocky Mountain West. A Colorado highway patrol spokesman says the driver of the pickup has been citied with two counts for careless driving causing death.