Blizzard Conditions Lead to Multiple Pile-Ups on Wyoming Interstate
Photo via Twitter
Interstate 80 in Wyoming, between the capital of Cheyenne and nearby Laramie, was the scene of three separate pile-up accidents involving roughly six dozen vehicles on Thursday when a storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on the area resulting in blizzard conditions.
According to Robert Garrison of 9News.com, a long stretch of the highway was shutdown on Thursday as a result of the accidents, which injured 22 people, including six with critical to serious injuries.
Fortunately, no deaths were reported.
KOAA News 5 tweeted a photo from the scene:
FOX 21 News director and anchor Joe Cole provided a closer look:
Weather is worse up north. 70 vehicles involved in pileups closing Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie in WY pic.twitter.com/w7EY6bsiJQ— Joe Cole (@JoeColeFOX21) April 16, 2015
Garrison reports that only about 20 of the vehicles involved in the pile-ups were passenger vehicles, the rest being commercial vehicles. The blockade formed by the pile-up accidents led to other motorists being stranded.
Some of the stranded motorists were transported via bus to a nearby hospital for shelter from the storm.
The National Weather Service in Cheyenne, Wyoming released a detailed forecast for overnight Thursday into Friday:
Although winter weather advisories remain in effect for parts of southeast Wyoming through Friday, temperatures are expected to rise well above freezing over the weekend, hopefully leading to improved travel conditions along Interstate 80 and other parts of the state.
With less than two weeks left in April and May being right around the corner, travelers in Wyoming and surrounding areas will be hoping this is the last snowfall they see for some time.
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