Wyoming Highway Pileups

Wrecked semitrailers remain on the scene Monday following Sunday’s pileup on I-80 in south-central Wyoming involving more than 100 vehicles. Multiple people died and dozens were injured in the accident that happened amid blowing snow. Forecasters said snow driven by wind up to 50 mph would continue affecting travel until Tuesday.

It took days for first responders to clean up the site of a massive crash that shut down I-80 near Rawlins and killed three people. 

Wyoming Highway Patrol said on Sunday about 30 trucks collided initially, causing a domino effect where 25 cars collided in the westbound lanes within the stopped traffic from the first wreck. And then about 40 trucks crashed in the eastbound lane.

Three fatalities were confirmed and more than 30 people were treated at Carbon County Memorial Hospital, Sgt. Jeremy Beck said in a press release.

Deborah Carrel, 53, of Michigan, was killed when the Toyota Highlander she was riding in was hit by a semi truck.

Commercial driver Emman Ojiaka, 64, of Texas was also killed along with truck driver Kian Kennedy, 27, of Georgia.

All the fatalities occurred in the crashes that happened in the initial westbound lane wrecks, officials said.

"Driving too fast for road conditions and following too closely are being investigated as the leading cause of the crashes," Beck said. "Roadways were very icy with snowfall and blowing snow creating limited visibility at the time of the crashes."

More than a dozen emergency agencies helped respond, including some from neighboring Colorado. 

"The patrol also would like to thank everyone who assisted victims of the incident with cots, blankets, food supplies, and any other items," Beck said.

The interstate was closed through Tuesday. It's the biggest accident on I-80 in recent years, Wyoming Department of Transportation spokesperson Stephanie Harsha said.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

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