One driver died at the scene of an early morning crash Saturday and three others were transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
Trooper Erik Shoden said it appeared that there were three crashes involving seven tractor-trailer combinations near the Vedauwoo exit on I-80 just after 2:30 a.m.
“I’m not sure what started the crash, but there was a chain of events,” Shoden said. “It appeared that the first semi possibly slid off the road, blocking both eastbound lanes. It was struck by another semi, which was hit by another one.”
Shoden said other eastbound tractor-trailer combinations were able to stop without striking the first semis.
“The one fatality was the driver of a car carrier,” Shoden said. “Another truck couldn’t stop in time and sideswiped one of the semis. The driver of the car carrier rammed into that one. Another tractor-trailer slid into the car carrier.”
The impacts caused the car hauler and one other tractor trailer to burst into flames. When troopers arrived several of the vehicles on the trailer of the car hauler were engulfed in flames.
Shoden said the fatality is a commercial driver from Pennsylvania.
“Only commercial vehicles were involved,” Shoden said. “I think that at that time of night, traffic is mostly semis.
“There a lot fewer people in personal vehicles driving then.”
A WYDOT release says the weather may have played a part in the pile up with dense fog and black ice reported at that time.
Traffic slowed to 45 miles per hour because of the considerable amount of black ice from the Lincoln Monument east to milepost 330, where the crashes were.
“Right now,” Shoden said, “I’m just trying to piece everything together and check on the people who were injured.”