A flatbed tow truck ran off the highway and burst into flames yesterday afternoon on Interstate 90 just east of Sheridan. 28-year-old Robert Nixon from Shepherd, Montana was driving the truck westbound on the interstate. For unknown reasons the vehicle pulled to the left and ran into the guard rail at a machinery access just west of the Piney Creek Road exit.
There was a vehicle on the bed of the truck and a vehicle towed behind the truck, as well. When the truck landed at the bottom of the access gulley, it rolled one-quarter time and one of the cars being hauled caught fire. The fire quickly spread to both other vehicles and firefighters from the Story Fire Department with help from the Goose Valley Fire Department responded and doused the flames.
No estimates were available on how much it will cost to replace the several yards of guard rail destroyed by the tow truck.
According to Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Legerski, alcohol and drugs are not being considered factors in the crash, which took place around 3:45 yesterday afternoon. Nixon was wearing his seatbelt and escaped injury as he was able to exit the vehicle before the flames reached him. His luck ran out there as he did receive a citation for failing to maintain a lane of travel.