Mere days after authorities cleared the devastating wreckage of an April
16 pile-up that involved 70 vehicles from I-80, another massive accident
has hit the same highway. On April 20, a commercial and passenger vehicle
pile-up turned fiery, killing two and injuring several others.
9 News reports, the accident occurred approximately 18 miles west of Laramie and has
once again closed the highway. Unlike the pile-up that occurred less than
five days earlier—and resulted in serious injuries, but no fatalities—two
deaths were reported soon after the accident.
The added danger in this new incident may be the result of one of trucks'
large tanker of hazardous materials. 9 News reports that crews have issues
with the response due to a possible spill. Photographs have not only shown
several rigs on fire, but also a massive plume of black smoke emanating
from the accident, as well.
The Wyoming State Patrol has reported that they believe dense fog and slush
may have contributed to the initial collision that caused the accident.
According to a
report from Oil City, it is believed that two commercial vehicles collided around 8 a.m. and
caused other vehicles to crash along all lanes of traffic.
Deadly Conditions in a Dangerous Environment
The deceased motorists of the crash are a 58-year-old woman from Arkansas
and a 23-year-old woman from Colorado. It is yet unclear if negligence
played a role in the accident that claimed their lives and injured many
others. One thing, however, remains starkly evident following this series
of harrowing accidents on the I-80: that added vigilance by both commercial
and passenger drivers is needed during this time of year when road conditions
are less than ideal and the lives of motorists and passengers are at stake.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a road accident due to another
driver's actions, then we invite you to contact us at
The Robert Pahlke Law Group today. Our dedicated Nebraska personal injury lawyers have more than three
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