Note: A previous version of this story misidentified Wyoming Highway 230 as U.S. Highway 230.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports one person is dead and expects Wyoming Highway 230 to be closed for an “extended period of time” this afternoon after a five-vehicle crash occurred within a few hundred feet of where Lewis Road intersects the highway, close to the entrance of Harmony Elementary School.

Smoke could be seen billowing from as far away as the northern point of the Plains Lakes for multiple hours after the crash.

Five vehicles were involved in the crash, including two commercial vehicles. There was one fatality and two serious injuries, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeremy Beck.

One of the five vehicles included a semi-trailer carrying hay, and Beck said the truck “is on fire still” with crews “still in the process of actively trying to put that out” as of 3 p.m. Monday.

The highway is expected to be closed for “at least 3-4 hours depending on how long it takes for them to get this hay fire out,” Beck said.

“Motorists avoid the area at all possible due to the fact that it’s causing a little bit of a traffic jam,” Beck said. “People are trying to get around the crash by using county roads.”

The cause of the crash, as well as further details as to who was involved, is still under investigation.

“It’s going to probably be a pretty lengthy investigation,” Beck added.

The Boomerang will update the story as it develops.

(6) comments

rmiller7

Another tragedy, and, by pictures it appears to involve another truck headed over from the drilling on the Colorado side of the pass. It seems as though the scenario is that every time one of these vehicles ends up sunny side down on 230, it gets about 15 minutes attention and then is forgotten. This is the 4th one in so many months of which I am aware. How many is too many?

Sethward86

Thanks for the report. But please lookup what highways you are reporting on Highway 230 is not a "U.S. Highway" it is a state highway.

Common Sense

rmiller7, don't you feel foolish now? Quick to jump to judgement about the nature of the vehicle (when really does NOT appear to be a liquid tanker like you were stating) and an innocent man lost his life because of someone else's actions. Shame on you.

rmiller7

Feel foolish for bringing attention to the rampant reckless driving on 230, a huge proprtion of which are water and proppant trucks backdooring it through Wyoming and endangering my family? Ha! I'll take that bet. You're screen name is false advertising.

Common Sense

A truck that you claim is related to the energy industry with no evidence, is on the highway waiting for someone to turn left. The driver is killed through no fault of his own and you decide to blame the energy industry? It was allegedly a Laramie resident's driving that caused this not the energy industry. Hype and innuendo. You obviously cannot see the irony in my user name.

rmiller7

On the contrary, I see nothing but irony in your user name, but then, I repeat myself. At any rate, I recommend Webster's. Might also want to re-square your understanding of "innuendo." In the mean time, keep up the scolding, I'm sure it'll get better when your vocabulary catches up.

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