I-80 in W. Wyoming re-opened following 47 plus vehicle pileup

KNEB/RRN/Wyoming Highway Patrol photo

KNEB/RRN/Wyoming Highway Patrol photo

Westbound lanes of I-80 in western Wyoming have been reopened after a pileup crash involving at least 47 vehicles forced the closure of both westbound lanes of the Interstate for approximately 18 hours.

According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, the crash was reported just before 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon about 7 miles east of Elk Mountain. Interstate speeds had been reduced to 45 mph at the time of the crash due to winter weather conditions.
Troopers are still attempting to identify exactly how many vehicles were actually involved in the pileup, which occurred during snowy, windy, icy conditions that limited visibility. The Highway Patrol says the actual vehicle count may go up as the investigation progresses.

Five crash victims were transported to the hospital in Rawlins and two were transported to the Laramie hospital. One of the victims transported to Laramie suffered serious injuries and was transferred to a hospital in Fort Collins.

Two victims were trapped inside a Subaru for approximately 2 hours as Troopers and first responders attempted to extricate them from their vehicle which was crushed between two tractor trailer rigs.

Investigating Wyoming Troopers say speed too fast for existing conditions is a contributing factor that led to so many vehicles being involved.

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