Two major pileups on Interstate 80 involved nearly 70 cars; 3 deaths

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Photo Courtesy Wyoming Highway Patrol

RAWLINS, W.Y. — The Wyoming Highway Patrol have updated statistics on separate crashes that included nearly 70 cars in Wyoming that occurred on Sunday, Mar. 1.

The troopers learned that nearly 30 vehicles were involved in a pileup accident on the westbound side of Interstate 80 around milepost 184.

Three fatalities were reported in the crash. 53-year-old Marshall, Michigan resident Deborah Carrel as well as 64-year-old Denton, Texas resident Emman Ojiaka, and 27-year-old  Hampton, Georgia resident Kian Kennedy.

A separate crash on the eastbound side of Interstate 80 at milepost 181 included about 40 cars that left 30 people injured with no fatalities.

Driving too fast for the road conditions and following too closely are being investigated as the leading causes of the crashes.

The WHP would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance in the crash:

Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Offices, Bureau Land Management Ranger, a Brand Inspector from Sinclair, Fire and Emergency Medical personal from Carbon County, Sweetwater County, Green River, Wamsutter, Rawlins, Baggs, Hanna SCWEMS, and Castle Rock, Colorado.

Transportation from the scene of the crash was provided by buses from the Carbon County School District.

The patrol also would like to thank everyone who assisted victims of the incident with cots, blankets, food supplies, and any other items.

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