CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Highway Patrol has released the in-car camera footage of a recent collision between a commercial vehicle and a WHP patrol car.
“This video is being released to raise awareness of the hazards emergency personal deal with daily,” the WHP said in a social media statement Friday morning. “As you can see from the in-car camera (rear camera view), the commercial vehicle had moved over into the left lane of travel. However, the commercial truck was traveling to fast for the hazardous road conditions, causing the driver to lose control.”
The driver of the commercial vehicle was reportedly cited for careless driving.
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The Wyoming Highway Patrol says they would like to remind motorists: “when you see emergency lights ahead, slow down, and prepared to stop. The emergency lights are activated to warn the public of an imminent hazard or emergency.”
On October 31, 2019, at 1:08 pm, the WHP vehicle was involved in a motor vehicle collision around milepost 66, on Interstate 25 south of Wheatland, Wyoming.
The trooper was stopped on the shoulder, assisting a stranded motorist when her patrol vehicle was struck by a passing commercial truck. The trooper was inside her patrol vehicle with her seatbelt fastened at the time of the collision. The crash caused the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 to be closed.
The trooper was transported to the Platte County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of the commercial vehicle did not sustain any apparent injuries and was not transported.