On April 9, 2021, a crash occurred around milepost 297 on Interstate 80 west of Laramie, Wyoming. At 7:24 a.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) troopers were notified of a motor vehicle collision.
WHP Troopers were able to determine through the ongoing investigation the commercial tractor-trailer was headed west on Interstate 80 when the driver lost control of the vehicle on an ice-covered road. The tractor and trailer exited the roadway’s right side and collided with a fence and guardrail before coming to a stop in an adjacent pond. The driver sustained minor injuries but was able to swim to shore. The clean-up of the crash is still ongoing.
The commercial vehicle driver was wearing a seatbelt and transported to the Ivinson Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.
Driving too fast for road conditions is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol reminds motorists road conditions can change very quickly, especially around this time of year. Do not drive distracted, and always prepare for the unexpected. Thankfully, the driver was wearing his seatbelt and did not sustain significant injuries with a crash of this nature.