Interstate 80 closed

Interstate 80 is shut down near Rawlins as Wyoming Highway Patrol officers work to clear Sunday afternoon crashes reported to involve more than 100 vehicles.

Updated 7:33 p.m. Tuesday: According to the Wyoming Department of Transportation, I-80 is open eastbound only from Rawlins to Cheyenne. The interstate remains closed eastbound from Evanston to Wamsutter and westbound from Cheyenne to Wamsutter due to winter conditions and crash clean up.

Crews are hoping to open the eastbound lane from Evanston to Wamsutter sometime late Tuesday night.

Updated 9:54 a.m. Tuesday: Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers are still working to clear two pile-up crashes that involved more than 100 vehicles on I-80 west of Rawlins.

Both lanes of the interstate will remain closed until the crashes can be investigated and cleared, a process that Sgt. Jeremy Beck estimated could take until late Tuesday afternoon.

Highway Patrol was notified of crashes around 3:39 p.m. Sunday of crashes involving multiple vehicles between mileposts 181 and 184 on Interstate 80, near Creston Junction. Weather was said to be a factor.

About 30 to 40 cars are piled up in the eastbound lane around milepost 181, Beck said, with 80 to 100 more in the westbound lane around milepost 184. The roads are snow-packed and treacherous. Cleanup continues and the interstate is closed westbound from Cheyenne to Wamsutter and eastbound from Evanston to Creston Junction.

Three people have been killed and many more injured. Because the crashes are still being investigated, the Highway Patrol is not releasing the names and hometowns of the dead or injured, Beck said. 

Although some areas of the state are allowing limited local traffic on the interstate, the entire route is shut down between Rawlins and Rock Springs.

I80: Multi-vehicle crash cleanup continues WESTBOUND at milepost 184 near Creston Jct. Interstate closed WESTBOUND from Cheyenne to Wamsutter and EASTBOUND from Evanston to Creston Jct.

Small towns along I-80 have limited resources in terms of parking, fuel, hotel rooms and other amenities, the highway patrol wrote in a release. When a town is at capacity, which happens during a long-duration closure, the closure is rolled back to the next town to avoid stranding travelers in a location without adequate services.

Contact Johanna Love at 732-7071 or jlove@jhnewsandguide.com.​

Johanna Love steers the newsroom as editor. Her time off is occupied by kid, dog, biking, camping and art. She loves to hear from readers with story tips, kudos, criticism and questions.

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