A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper was injured Monday morning when his vehicle was struck. Trooper Kaycee Shroyer was completing an investigation of a previous jackknifed semi-tractor trailer non-injury crash when the collision occurred.
The crash happened approximately one-and-a-half miles east of the Arlington Interchange on westbound Interstate 80 in Carbon County just after 8:00 a.m. according to a press release. Roadways in the area were icy. Variable message signs had the speed on both east and westbound lanes of the Interstate reduced to 55 MPH.
Trooper Shroyer was seated in his parked patrol car in the median off the paved portion of the roadway with his emergency lights activated when the driver of a westbound one ton pickup pulling a van type trailer lost control of his vehicle. The combination jackknifed as it went across the driving and passing lane and slammed into the rear of the Troopers Dodge patrol car.
Trooper Shroyer was transported via ground ambulance to Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie where he has since been treated and released with minor injuries. The patrol car sustained heavy damage and will be declared as a total loss.
The driver of the pickup, 24-year-old Brian P. Stockham of Boulder, Colorado, was not injured in the crash. Stockham was transporting cylinders of compressed nitrogen and oxygen in the trailer.
Stockham has been cited for speed too fast for the existing conditions and transporting a hazardous material without hazardous material placards as required. The crash remains under investigation and additional charges may be pending.
State law requires motorists on the Interstate to stay in the lane farthest from the stopped emergency vehicle as they pass by. Wyoming Highway Patrol Major Keith Groeneweg stated that troopers will have zero tolerance for those who disregard the State's move over law and who are traveling at speeds too fast for the existing conditions.