LARAMIE —Driving too fast for road conditions has resulted in a Texas resident driving into a pond and swimming to shore after the crash, a press release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) stated.
On April 9, a crash occurred around milepost 297 on Interstate 80 west of Laramie. At 7:24 a.m., WHP troopers were notified of a motor-vehicle collision.
WHP Troopers determined through the ongoing investigation the commercial tractor-trailer was headed west on Interstate 80 when the driver lost control of the vehicle on an ice-covered road, according to the release.
The tractor and trailer exited the roadway’s right side and collided with a fence and guardrail before coming to a stop in an adjacent pond. The driver sustained minor injuries, but was able to swim to shore. The clean-up of the crash is still ongoing, the release states.
The commercial vehicle driver was wearing a seatbelt and transported to the Ivinson Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.
Driving too fast for road conditions is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.
The WHP reminds motorists road conditions can change very quickly, especially around this time of year. Do not drive distracted, and always prepare for the unexpected. Thankfully, the driver was wearing his seatbelt and did not sustain significant injuries with a crash of this nature.