LARAMIE — A 79-year-old Massachusetts man succumbed to injuries sustained in a crash after the van he was driving struck a tow truck. A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper was also injured in the accident.
On February 4, at 2:20 p.m., a Laramie trooper and a large tow truck were parked on Interstate 80 at milepost 288 with emergency lights activated, investigating a prior crash involving a commercial vehicle.
A 2017 Ford Transit van was traveling westbound when the driver lost control and collided with the back of the large tow truck at the initial collision scene. The trooper was speaking with the tow truck driver at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries, the press release states.
The driver of the Ford has been identified as 79-year-old Nantucket, Massachusetts, resident Charles Cirigliano. Cirigliano was wearing his seatbelt and succumbed to injuries sustained at the crash scene.
This is the 16th fatality on Wyoming’s roadways in 2023 compared to four in 2022, 14 in 2021, and five in 2020.