Driver dies after semi ‘became engulfed in flame’ in three-vehicle crash on I-80 in Wyoming

Firefighters responded to the crash on Tuesday, Aug. 2 after a semi truck became engulfed in flame after the three vehicle crash. (Courtesy Sweetwater Fire District 1)

CASPER, Wyo. — The driver of a semi truck died and one person was injured after a crash involving three vehicles on Interstate 80 in Sweetwater County on Tuesday, Aug. 2, according to a preliminary crash report from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred near milepost 123 along I-80 and temporarily closed eastbound lanes as firefighters and other first responders attended to the crash. WHP troopers were notified of the crash at around 12:14 p.m. Aug. 2, the preliminary crash report said.

A Kenworth semi truck hauling a trailer was heading westbound on I-80 in the left-hand lane. The semi left its lane and sideswiped a Chevrolet Silverado, according to the WHP’s preliminary report. That caused the Silverado to go off the road and roll over multiple times before coming to a rest upright.

The semi continued driving for about a quarter to half a mile before it exited the roadway to the left. There, it crossed the median of I-80 and went into eastbound traffic. The driver of a Volvo semi truck hauling a trailer attempted to avoid the Kenworth and was able to prevent a head-on collision. However, the two semis collided in a “sideswipe manner,” the WHP said.

That caused “significant damage” to the Kenworth, which lost its left front steer tire in the collision. The Kenworth went off the road to the left, jackknifed and ignited, the WHP’s preliminary report said.

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“Witnesses tried to remove the driver, but the vehicle quickly became fully engulfed in flames and they were not able to access the vehicle,” the preliminary report said.

The driver of the Volvo semi truck was able to safely come to a stop in the borrow ditch.

Driver inattention, fatigue and/or sleep are listed as possible contributing factors to the crash.

Oil City News has reached out to the WHP to confirm the identity of the driver of the Kenworth, who died. If further information becomes available, updates will be provided.