Texas trucker has to swim to shore after Wyoming mishap

Updated Apr 13, 2021
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A Texas trucker had to swim to safety last week when his tractor-trailer loaded with lumber when off Interstate 80 in and into a nearby pond in Wyoming. 

The crash occurred around milepost 297 on Interstate 80 west of Laramie, Wyoming April 9. At 7:24 a.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were notified of a motor vehicle collision.WHP Troopers determined the tractor-trailer was headed west on Interstate 80 when the driver lost control of the vehicle on an ice-covered road.

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 driver was wearing a seatbelt and was transported to the Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie for injuries sustained in the crash. Driving too fast for road conditions is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.