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Illinois man dies in crash with semi amid blowing snow on I-80

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CASPER, Wyo. — An Illinois man died and two others were injured Tuesday when a pickup lost control and collided with a semi on Interstate 80 near Rock Springs, according to a preliminary Wyoming Highway Patrol report.

Icy conditions and blowing snow were present on the roadway when the crash occurred around 7:44 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 24.

A Dodge pickup headed west on I-80 lost control and slid onto the north shoulder of the road, the report said. The driver overcorrected back onto the roadway and jackknifed before crossing the median into oncoming traffic.

“The Freightliner combination unit did not have time to stop and struck the Dodge on the rear passenger side of the vehicle,” the report said.

A seat belt was not in use, the report said. Speed, driver fatigue, or a medical condition may have been contributing factors, the report notes.

There have been 14 deaths on Wyoming roadways this year, according to Highway Patrol. Compared to previous years to-date:

  • 2 in 2022
  • 8 in 2021 
  • 3 in 2020

This story contains preliminary information as provided by the Wyoming Highway Patrol via the Wyoming Department of Transportation Fatal Crash Summary map. The information may be subject to change. Oil City News has contacted the WHP to verify the report’s information.

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