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LCFD5 responds to accidents caused by high winds and snow


Laramie County Fire District No. 5

Interstate 80 was a mass of jack-knifed tractor-trailers Monday morning due to wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour, blowing snow and icy roads. Laramie County Fire District No. 5 responded to a call about a mile west of Pine Bluffs of a jack-knifed truck with a diesel leak which needed to be contained. While working on that accident another truck east bound on I-80 slid onto its side, crossing both the east and west bound lanes, causing the Wyoming Highway Patrol to shut down the Interstate in both directions. In the background is a second trailer, which had also left the road, as well as the traffic that was beginning to back up.

The Laramie County Fire District No. 5 crew, Pine Bluffs Ambulance and the Wyoming Highway Patrol closed down Interstate 80 in both directions Monday morning after the high winds and blowing snow contributed to two tractor-trailer accidents that involved both the east and west bound lanes.

According to Jon Christy, Public Information Officer for District No. 5, the fire department was called out earlier in response to an accident in Kimball County. However, shortly before 8 a.m. a call was received that a tractor-trailer had jack-knifed on Interstate 80, about a mile west of Pine Bluffs. Ch...

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