GILLETTE, Wyo. — A Wyoming Department of Transportation snowplow was hit by a commercial truck driver Sunday morning.
The snowplow driver sustained minor injuries from the crash and was transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Per the WHP report, the incident occurred around 9:07 a.m. when the WYDOT plow was removing snow from the roadway near Milepost 125 on Interstate 80 and was hit by a commercial truck.
The truck driver was trying to pass another car in the left lane and collided with the back of the snowplow, causing both vehicles to enter the median.
The commercial truck driver was issued a citation for speeding too fast for the conditions and careless driving.
So far this winter, 22 WYDOT snowplows have been hit.
A total of 18 plows were struck in the winter of 2021–22, 26 were struck in 2020–21 and 23 were struck in 2019–20.
The WHP and WYDOT want to remind drivers to slow down, increase their following distance and use extreme caution when driving on snow-covered roadways, especially when passing snowplows.