Weather The Likely Cause Of Tractor-Trailer Rollover On Interstate 90

A Washington man was very lucky when the semi-truck he was driving rolled on Interstate 90 just west of the Piney Creek Interchange. 53-year-old Gary Woodhead was traveling westbound on Interstate 90 when a wind gust caught his trailer and forced him off the road. The vehicle rolled when Woodhead attempted to correct for the wind and it came to rest blocking both lanes of traffic on the bridge over Piney Creek.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers were dispatched out of Buffalo just after six last night. Traffic was diverted through Story to U.S. Highway 87 and back on to the Interstate at the Meade Creek interchange.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has a weather station near the accident site and according to WHP Troopers that station recorded winds gusting from 100 to 150 miles an hour at the time of the accident. Woodhead’s trailer was empty and that made it easier for the wind to affect it.

Woodhead was not injured in the accident. The semi was heavily damaged and it took tow trucks a couple of hours to right the vehicle and open the interstate to traffic again.

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