Police said two men who were inside a dump truck when it rolled over and crashed at the base of Teton Pass Monday evening were uninjured and unlicensed.

Wyoming Highway Trooper Damon Bowen said after the crash the men left the scene on foot, got into a van with another unlicensed driver and took off.

They got about a mile down the road before they were pulled over and brought back to the crash site.

There were open beer cans inside the truck but the men were not intoxicated, troopers said.

The truck was being used for a commercial roofing job that the men have been working in Teton Village, Bowen said. The truck, which has Oklahoma plates, was totaled and lacked a commercial transportation number, according to troopers.

Nails and other roofing items were strewn across Highway 22. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS cleared the road of debris.

The two men in their early thirties from Lewisville, Texas refused medical treatment, police said.

They were arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and no seat belts.

Trooper Andy Jackson said the men were also in violation of federal motor carrier safety statutes: no Department of Transportation number, no log book, no commercial driver's license and no medical card.

"It poses a huge safety concern for all drivers of Teton Pass," Jackson said. "They are lucky no one got killed."

After investigating, Jackson concluded the truck lost its brakes at a high rate of speed before flipping.

The defendants' employer is unknown. 

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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(11) comments

Jessica Robinson

how about fining the EMPLOYER! Illegal or not those two were breaking the law and I doubt they were working for free. Who paid for the materials? What job we’re they going to? Perhaps if law enforcement can take action on whoever was paying the men that would make a lasting impression. I am so glad no one was injured but it might be different next time.

Dennis Fitzmorris

So what's the surprise? Do the authorities think the illegals are going follow laws and do things legally? Welcome to the world the Dems are creating.

John Flynn

Where in the article does it say they were illegals? Seems to me they had all those other charges listed but failed to say they were illegal? You shouldn’t be allowed to talk here.

Don Frank

Innocent until proven guilty presumes that “charged with” May or may not result in “convicted of”. We extend this process to all persons residing within US borders because we are a “rule of law” and “due process” society. Even if these individuals are proven guilty of crime they are someone’s brother, father, child. Americans do not prejudge, label or condemn without due process. Still? I think so.

Ken Chison

Don. You might want to tell that little tidbit to the democratic party.


Innocent people don't flee and they were charged with leaving the seen. Since the police had to find them, simple logic might tell you that they had left the scene. My guess is that there wil be might be additional charges since they had no CDL. If they are illegal aliens, then someone from Teton Village should be charged for abetting. If the roofing was on the Federal leasehold, then it should be welcome to Leavenworth for the owners.

Tee Sering

"Illegals" just because they are not white? Like John Flynn stated " Where in the article does it say they were illegals" The problem in this country is people like you who assume all non-whites are illegals.


People like you assume that they are non-white. The article said they were from Texas. Before you finger-point, better check your own filters.

Sam Campbell

Well, the picture of the Latino gentlemen being handcuffed at the top of the story might lead one down that path.


I guess that is your assumption, as the article didn't describe these guys as anything other than being from Texas. I can't see from the picture that they are non-white. You seem to be in a fairly exclusive club. Are all people not in your country club cliche considered non-white.

Chad guenter

Mr. Milan: You seem to be confused. The "country club" crowd are the ones taking advantage of CHEAP imported labor. The blue collar, middle class American Worker is the hardest hit by illegal immigrant labor.

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