An icy winter storm made travel difficult across Wyoming on Monday, closing roads and causing crashes.
Portions of Interstate 25 were closed Monday morning to high profile vehicles between Casper and Buffalo. The Wyoming Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel for sections of I-25 from Glendo almost to Kaycee.
Two semi trucks jackknifed along southbound Interstate 25 near Hat Six Road in Casper, blocking the highway for a few hours.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Captain Shawn Dickerson was helping a driver stuck on the side of the road about 8:20 a.m. and watched the crashes occur. A truck was attempting to pull the car out of where it had gotten stuck when a semi truck attempted to slow down as it passed. The driver of the semi lost control, however, and the semi jackknifed and struck the truck, Dickerson said.
Nobody was injured in that crash, Dickerson said, but moments later more vehicles collided while attempting to stop on the blocked interstate. A vehicle failed to stop in time and clipped an SUV before rear ending a trailer being pulled by a pickup. Three people from that crash were transported to the hospital for complaints of pain, Dickerson said.
The crash was cleared about 11 a.m., according to a Wyoming Department of Transportation tweet.
“I would encourage drivers to slow down,” Dickerson said Monday morning. “This was entirely preventable if they had reduced their speed and been a little more careful.”
Interstate 80 from Rawlins to Laramie closed at 4 a.m. Monday because of winter conditions. The highway did not reopen for several hours.
Portions of some highways including U.S. 30 and 287 near Laramie and Wyoming Highway 789 also closed along with Highway 59 from Douglas to the Campbell County line. Stretches of other southeastern, central and northern Wyoming highways carried black ice advisories or other travel warnings.
After Wyoming experienced a mild fall, the winter storm brought colder temperatures and high winds to the region. Wind gusts were recorded up to 67 mph north of Kaycee and 54 mph south of Casper, according to the National Weather Service.
Breezy conditions were expected to linger, with wind chills down to 10 degrees below zero.
Gusts were expected to reach up to 60 mph east of the Laramie Range. Slightly warmer temperatures and drier conditions were expected to return to the state by midweek.