Speed, failure to move over investigated as cause of crash

Wyoming Highway Patrol/Special to theGuide An unidentified firefighter digs through a pile of burned apples in the back of a semi-trailer following an accident Sunday, Feb. 24, on Interstate 80 east of Lyman. Wyoming Highway Patrol investigators believe the driver of the semi, who was not identified, was traveling too fast for winter driving conditions and failed to move over for a tow truck which was attempting to pull a U-Haul from the median, which led to the fiery crash.

LYMAN – Traveling too fast for conditions and failure to move over for emergency workers is being investigated as the cause of a fiery crash on Interstate 80 which sent one man to the hospital.

According to a release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol, a tow company was attempting to pull a U-Haul truck out of the median east of Lyman shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, when a 2015 Freightliner truck, reportedly traveling east in the passing lane, lost control on the snow and ice-covered roadway and struck both the U-Haul and the tow truck. The Freightliner, hauling a load of apples, caught fire. 

The drivers of both the U-Haul and the tow truck, neither of whom were identified in the release, were outside their vehicles at the time of the collision. The driver of the U-Haul was hit by the tractor-trailer combo and injured. He was taken to Evanston Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The tow truck driver was not injured. The semi driver, who also was not identified, was not injured.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeremy Beck cautioned motorists they need to slow down and be cautions when driving around emergency vehicles. State law requires motorists to slow down or move over when passing any emergency vehicle which is parked on the side of the road, Beck said in the release.

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