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Snow, ice-covered roads contributed to multiple crashes Wednesday

GILLETTE, Wyo.— Winter weather conditions kept first responders busy Wednesday with multiple vehicle rollovers and crashes occurring on Campbell County roadways.

At least four semitractor-trailers either crashed or overturned due to ice-covered roadways on Interstate 90 and Highway 59 on April 13, while four other rollovers and crashes reportedly involved passenger vehicles, according to Campbell County Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds.

Four crashes happened before noon, beginning with a semitrailer that reportedly slid on ice-covered roads and overturned in the median near mile marker 116 around 10:19 a.m., per Reynolds, who added deputies primarily assisted Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers with the investigation.

Another crash occurred about 30 minutes later, again on I-90, where a 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 pulling a 2004 Jayco travel trailer reportedly lost control and rolled onto its side near mile marker 118. The two occupants, a 79-year-old male driver and a 78-year-old female, were not injured and no citations were issued.

At 11 a.m., another crash happened on southbound Highway 59 just south of Bishop Road where a 2015 Kenworth hauling roofing supplies slid on a patch of black ice, entered the ditch, and overturned, per Reynolds. The rollover resulted in over $1,000 in damage and caused the roofing supplies to fly into a nearby pasture.

Just before noon, another rollover resulted in a 28-year-old man being taken to the emergency room after he lost control on Highway 50, Reynolds said.

The call load didn’t improve much during the afternoon hours starting with a 29-year-old man calling to report his hand was bleeding “really bad” after his vehicle slid off the road on southbound Highway 59. He had been operating a 1986 GMC van and his hand had been punctured by a loose fishing hook, according to Reynolds.

Deputies responded to another crash report that stated a semitrailer had struck a vehicle on I-90 around 5 p.m., Reynolds said, adding the crash happened near mile marker 118 and deputies arrived to find a TCRI tanker jackknifed in the median, but found no road blockage. Deputies cleared the scene to respond to another I-90 crash nearby.

That crash was reported at mile marker 120 around 5:06 p.m. and deputies arrived to assist WHP troopers with a semi blocking the road, per Reynolds.

At 5:40 p.m., deputies responded to N. Highway 14-16 just north of the Office Saloon, where an 18-year-old man reportedly fishtailed on ice-covered roads and side-swiped a 2019 Ford operated by a 55-year-old man.