Interstate 80 Closures, Restrictions In Effect On Friday
A portion of Interstate 80 in Wyoming was closed as of 9;30 a.m. Friday, while strong winds had prompted restrictions for light, high profile vehicles over another stretch of I-80.
That's according to the WYDOT Road and Travel Conditions website.
According to the post, Interstate 80 was closed in both directions between Rock Springs and Rawlins due to winter weather conditions. The expected opening time was listed as "unknown.''
Meanwhile, I-80 between Rawlins and Laramie was also closed to light, high-profile vehicles due to strong winds causing an "extreme blow-over risk."
No closures or restriction were listed for Interstate 25 at last report.
Here is the Wyoming Travel Conditions forecast from Dayweather, Inc.:
2022's Deadliest Wyoming County by Traffic Deaths
While car crashes can occur anywhere, some roads in Wyoming are more dangerous than others.
According to Wyoming Highway Patrol data, there were 117 fatal crashes in the Cowboy State in 2022 resulting in 133 deaths.
Of those fatal crashes, the majority (13.68%) occurred in Laramie County -- two in January, one in February, one in March, two in April, one in June, two in July, three in August, two in September, one in November, and one in December.
Sweetwater County saw the second most fatal crashes last year, 12, while Fremont and Lincoln counties each saw 10.
Albany and Park counties each recorded eight, and Campbell, Converse, and Natrona counties each tallied seven.
The deadliest 2022 crash in Laramie County took place on June 17 when two semis collided on Interstate 80 east of Cheyenne and immediately became engulfed in flames killing both drivers and a passenger.
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Laramie County also saw two fatal crashes involving motorcyclists, two fatal crashes involving juveniles, and a fatal crash involving a pedestrian last year.
Below is the Wyoming Highway Patrol narrative of every fatal crash that occurred in Laramie County in 2022.