Wyoming University Mourns Tragic Loss of Promising Student Athletes

A devastating highway crash in Colorado has left several families in Wyoming grappling with the loss of three talented University of Wyoming student athletes. Carson Muir, Charlie Clark, and Luke Slabber, all members of the university’s swim team, tragically lost their lives in the accident that occurred along Highway 287 north of Fort Collins.

The news of this heartbreaking incident has sent shockwaves through the university, prompting an outpouring of condolences and support from the tight-knit community. Both students and faculty have come together to rally behind the grieving families and swim team during this difficult time.

The fatal crash took place on Thursday (February 22) when the Toyota Rav4 carrying Muir, Clark, Slabber, and two others veered off the road while traveling southbound toward Fort Collins. Investigations are currently underway to determine the cause of the accident, as preliminary findings suggest that the driver swerved to avoid a slowing car.

While the cause of the crash is still under investigation, factors such as speed and distractions have not been ruled out, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Two other members of the men’s swimming and diving team, one of whom was driving the vehicle, were also involved in the crash. Thankfully, they sustained non-life-threatening injuries and have since been released from the hospital.

The university community has shown immense support for the impacted families and the swim team. Jace Smith, a graduate student at the university, expressed his sympathy, saying, “It was horrible. It is a tragic event. I think everyone feels for the swim team right now.” Smith also noted the heartwarming gestures of students, who are putting up messages of encouragement and hope for the team: “I think it’s a wonderful thing that the students are putting these messages up for them. Hopefully, uplift them. Hopefully, everybody will end up alright.”

Wyoming Athletic Director Tom Burman has called upon the community to rally behind the grieving families. In a heartfelt statement, Burman urged everyone to support the students’ families in this time of immense sorrow. He emphasized the spirit of unity within Wyoming’s community, stating, “We use the One Wyoming slogan in our building, and it means – we are one State and supporting our Cowboys and Cowgirls – please live it!”

This is undoubtedly an incredibly devastating turn of events. Our thoughts are with the families of the students and the University of Wyoming community during this challenging time.