Fatal crash east of Laramie, Wyo.
LARAMIE, Wyo. — A crash involving multiple vehicles ended in one death last week on Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyo.
The incident happened on the morning of March 9 when a Freightliner stopped in the roadway due to other traffic stopping ahead. A 2018 Hyundai Kona stopped behind the Freightliner.
A second Freightliner failed to stop in time, colliding with the Hyundai and pushing it into the rear of the first Freightliner. Shortly after, a third Freightliner collided with the second Freightliner.
The driver of the Hyundai, identified as 48-year-old Brook Williams, succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. The passenger, 47-year-old Melanie Williams was transported to Ivinson Memorial Hospital for her injuries.
The driver and passenger of the Hyundai, both of Salt Lake City, Utah, were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.
The road conditions were slick with black ice at the time of the crash, and blowing snow severely cut down visibility.
This incident is the 28th fatality on Wyoming’s highways in 2019 compared to 12 in 2018, 14 in 2017, and 10 in 2016 to date.
This increase in fatalities has been attributed to worsening weather conditions and drivers failing to slow down during severe weather.
Speeding too fast for the winter road conditions are being investigated on the part of the second and third Freightliner drivers as a contributing factor to the crash.