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Carpenter Woman Killled in I-80 Crash

(Courtesy: Wyoming Highway Patrol)

A multiple car crash on Interstate 80 just east of Cheyenne shortly before 11am Sunday claimed the life of a 37 year old Carpenter woman and sent her husband to the hospital, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Townsend. He says an earlier crash and resulting diesel spill had closed the westbound lane of I-80 and caused the detour of traffic at the College Drive Interchange. Townsend says because of the detour, westbound traffic had slowed to a speed of about 10 mph. He says a semi-tractor trailer driven by 57 year old James Black of Carson, Iowa came upon the backed-up traffic and struck a 1989 Buick Century driven by 19 year old Charles Adsit of Cheyenne, pushing the Adsit vehicle into the median. The Adsit vehicle in turn rear-ended a 2008 Dodge Caliber driven by 35 year old Andrew Gustafson of Carpenter. A passenger in the vehicle, 37 year old Stephanie Gustafson, also of Carpenter, was killed in the collision, while Andrew Gustafson was sent to the intensive care unit at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. The collision also resulted in the closure of both lanes of I-80 for about four hours. Townsend says the investigation into the crash is ongoing, and once that is complete the findings will be turned over to the Laramie County District Attorney’s office for consideration of any possible criminal charges.

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