Final report on I-80 crash released
The Wyoming Highway Patrol now says only 95 vehicles were involved in the massive pile-ups on Interstate 80 Sunday. Early estimates put the number as high as 148.
In a statement yesterday, Sergeant Jeremy Beck with the patrol said that because of the “dynamics of the crash scene, some vehicles were initially counted that were not part of any crash.”
The number of crash scenes also was updated to three. Two were in the westbound lanes and one on the eastbound side.
According to the report, 30 westbound vehicles, mostly commercial rigs, collided in the westbound lanes near milepost 184.
About the same time, 25 vehicles were involved in secondary collisions in stopped traffic on either side of the first crash. All three of the fatalities occurred in the crashes on the westbound side. Two were truck drivers, one from Texas and the other from Georgia. The third, a 53-year-old Michigan woman, was a passenger in a Toyota Highlander struck by a commercial vehicle.
The crash on the eastbound side near milepost 181 consisted of roughly 40 vehicles, again mostly big rigs. Serious injuries were reported with this crash but no fatalities. Carbon County Memorial Hospital treated approximately 30 people.
Driving too fast for road conditions and following too closely are being investigated as the leading cause of the crashes. Roadways were very icy with snowfall and blowing snow creating limited visibility in the areas of all three of the crash scenes.
Viewer discretion advised on this video of Sunday’s crash:
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