The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a 56-year-old Minnesota man and his passenger died in a motorcycle crash near Hulett on Tuesday.

According to a news release Wednesday, James Neyens was traveling southbound on Wyoming Highway 24 when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway. Neyens then struck a delineator post before overturning.

Neyens's passenger, 56-year-old Mary Aitken, also died.

Neither was wearing a helmet.

Alcohol use is being investigated as a contributing factor to the crash, which marks Wyoming's 70th and 71st traffic fatalities this year. That's compared to 103 at the same time last year.

Enter your number to get our free mobile app