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Tractor-trailers involved in deadly weekend crashes in Wyoming

Winter storm played role in accidents that claimed three lives

A deadly winter storm hit south-central Wyoming over the weekend along Interstate 80. So far, the Wyoming Highway Patrol has reported three deaths as well as “multiple injuries.”

“Weather is reported to be a factor in the crashes.” – Wyoming Highway Patrol

Troopers said they were notified about several crashes near mileposts 181 and 184, about 170 miles west of Cheyenne. Troopers said more than 100 vehicles, including tractor-trailers, were involved in the crashes, which still had the interstate shut down in both directions Monday afternoon.

The crashes happened around 3:40 p.m. MST on Sunday during snowfall and strong winds. That part of the country is notorious for dangerous winter weather, according to many people in the trucking industry. A fair amount of freight moves along I-80 between the Midwest and markets in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

The staff at one hospital initially had a hard time keeping up with the number of accident victims coming through its doors. Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in Rawlins told the Casper Star-Tribune that hospital officials set up a temporary patient holding area in a cafeteria as victims kept arriving.

The Highway Patrol announced on its website Monday morning that the east and westbound lanes remained closed while troopers continued to investigate the crashes. According to the announcement, “weather is reported to be a factor in the crashes.”

The Highway Patrol estimated it will reopen the road sometime Tuesday afternoon.

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Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

6 Comments

  1. Keep 2 sweat suits with you to wear under your clothes in the winter. I had 1 sweat suit under my clothes doing a flatbed and the cold went right through them

  2. Wind blows snow back Into the road and refreezes what melted then your driving on an icicle then you get sucked sideways into the ditch when you got your foot to the floor going straight . Road’s not level or wind is knocking you around

  3. Avatar Noble1 suggests SMART truck drivers should UNITE & collectively cut out the middlemen from picking truck driver pockets ! UNITE , CONQUER , & YOU'LL PROSPER ! IMHO says:

    Two key points !

    Quote :

    “Weather is reported to be a factor in the crashes.” & “That part of the country is notorious for dangerous winter weather, according to many people in the trucking industry. ”

    Therefore I don’t blame the weather . I blame those who decided to drive during such weather .

  4. Avatar Noble1 suggests SMART truck drivers should UNITE & collectively cut out the middlemen from picking truck driver pockets ! UNITE , CONQUER , & YOU'LL PROSPER ! IMHO says:

    There’s an article that was released today on the SAFETY subject titled :

    “Trucking firms need to invest more in ‘the human element’ to cut road accidents”

    Quote:

    The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has called for greater investment into the “human element” of road transport to reduce accidents – an astonishing 3,500 people die on the world’s roads every day.

    Its recently released report on road safety investment reveals that, while commercial vehicles – including buses – are involved in less than 3% of road accidents globally,  85% of these are caused by human error: a quarter attributed to professional drivers and the remaining 75% to other road users.

    Secretary general Umberto de Pretto said: “The single biggest factor affecting road safety today is people.”

    End quote .

    I rest my case .

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