Stall semi on Teton Pass

A stalled semitrailer, left, blocks eastbound travel on Teton Pass on Friday morning.

A stalled tractor-trailer blocking traffic Friday on Teton Pass wasn’t the only truck violating the annual winter ban on semis and trailers from the mountainous section of highway.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Gardner issued five citations to three drivers that day and witnessed other drivers disregarding the rules, but couldn’t stop them all, he said.

Gardner issued two citations to drivers for piloting overweight vehicles and three to drivers for violating trailer restrictions.

The seasonal ban on tractor-trailer traffic went into effect Nov. 15 and stays in effect until spring. Highway Patrol has been busy enforcing it, Gardner said.

Among the drivers violating the winter ban, one semi stalled out at the top of Teton Pass on Friday morning, blocking eastbound traffic and prompting the Wyoming Department of Transportation to alert commuters to “proceed with caution” around the stuck truck.

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Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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(1) comment

Victoria Hess

Here is AA way to solve the semi problem. Build a giant ranch entry art reach end of the pass. We could call if a wildlife crossing. Make it short enough that a semi can't get under it. Even with deflate tires. Problem solved.

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