Drive Safe: Weekend Storms Caused Several Crashes
(Gillette, Wyo.) Roadways continue to be slightly hazardous across Wyoming following weekend weather consisting of frigid temperatures, blowing snow, and ice.
A hazardous weather outlook for Western South Dakota and Northeastern Wyoming remains in effect until tomorrow. Motorists should use caution as the weather could result in continued icy conditions.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation reports, through their Wyoming 511 app, that the weather impact remains high for most roadways to the north and to the west of Gillette.
Over the course of the weekend, similar road conditions resulted in several vehicle accidents across Gillette, according to police.
The string of vehicular incidents began around 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, with a collision being reported in the parking lot of Mountain View Apartments.
Police Detective Jason Marcus said that a 22-year-old male was traveling eastbound in the parking lot when his 2007 GMC collided with a 1996 Chevrolet snow removal truck, driven by a 31-year-old male.
The collision resulted in over $1,000 in damage between both vehicles but there were no injuries reported and no citations issued.
Lakeway and powder basin
Only three hours after the initial incident, police were called out again to another vehicle crash that had occurred on Lakeway Road and Powder Basin Avenue.
The crash occurred at approximately 11 a.m.
Marcus said a 2010 Lincoln, driven by a 52-year-old female, was stopped and waiting to turn. The female’s vehicle was hit as a 2001 GMC Sierra, driven by a 51-year-old male, slid into her rear bumper. The collision mildly injured the female, who complained of neck and lower back pain.
She transported herself the Emergency Room, Marcus said.
The crash caused more than $2,000 worth of damage between the two vehicles. The 51-year-old male was issued citation for traveling too fast for conditions and for not having proof of insurance.
Boxelder and 59
Police were dispatched a half-hour later to the intersection of Boxelder Road and Highway 59 for the report of another crash.
A 24-year-old female reported to officers that she had been driving her 2013 Jeep too fast to stop before colliding with back end of a 2010 Buick, driven by a 55-year-old female.
The 55-year-old female complained of neck soreness, but refused medical treatment, Marcus said.
The 24-year-old female was cited for traveling at a speed too fast for conditions.
The damage to both vehicles was in excess of $3,000, Marcus said.
Lakeway and 59
Not 20 minutes later, officers responded to the intersection of Highway 59 and Lakeway Road for reports of a fourth vehicle crash.
At approximately 11:50 a.m., a 33-year-old female driving a 2006 Subaru was traveling north when she collided with a 2005 Ford. The ford, being driven by an 18-year-old male, was stopped at a traffic stop.
Marcus said the female did attempt to stop but her vehicle slid on the icy road.
The 18-year-old male and his 41-year-old passenger complained of neck and back pain, but they refused on-scene medical treatment.
Marcus said the damage to both vehicles was greater than $1,000 and no citations were issued.
Southern Drive and Tanner
At approximately 5 p.m. the same night, officers responded to the report of truck sliding off the roadway and striking a fire hydrant. The collision resulted in less than $1,000 in damages.
Marcus said the truck had been operated by a 55-year-old female, who slid off the roadway due to deep snow. She was not injured nor was she issued any citations.
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