Multiple Injuries and Fatalities in Massive I-80 Crash Involving Over 100 Vehicles
On Sunday, March 1, 2020, the Wyoming Highway Patrol learned of several crashes involving numerous vehicles around milepost 181 and 184 on Interstate 80 in Carbon County, Wyoming.
Troopers arrived to find over 100 vehicles involved between both crashes. Interstate 80 was closed in both directions for more than 24 hours while the Wyoming Department of Transportation and first responders worked to help the injured and clear the wreckage.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol has since released a detailed report describing the chain reaction that caused three fatalities and dozens of injuries.
The fatal pileup occurred near milepost 184 when a white 2017 Volvo tractor-trailer combination collided with another tractor-trailer ahead of it and jackknifed across both westbound lanes.
A grey 2019 Toyota Highlander was unable to stop and collided with the Volvo's trailer where it stopped in the roadway. Then, a blue 2019 Freightliner tractor was rear-ended by another tractor-trailer that collided with the Toyota. Following that collision, the Toyota remained against the trailer of the white Volvo.
A white 2020 Freightliner then collided with the Toyota, pinning it between the 2020 Freightliner and the trailer of the white Volvo.
While those four vehicles blocked I-80, more tractor-trailers piled up, causing complete road blockage.
A white 2021 Peterbilt hauling three 2021 Peterbilts in combination crashed into an unknown tractor-trailer. As several more commercial trucks piled up behind the 2021 Peterbilt, a 2019 Volvo tractor-trailer combination hit the side of a semi-trailer and came to rest in the roadway.
Driving too fast for conditions, following too closely, driver inattention and poor weather conditions all contributed to this tragedy.
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