Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - A Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper seated in his patrol car in the median was injured this morning when his vehicle was struck as he was completing an investigation of a previous jackknifed semi tractor trailer non-injury crash.
The crash occurred approximately 1½ miles east of the Arlington Interchange on westbound Interstate 80 in Carbon County just after 8:00 a.m. 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 Kaycee 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 1 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, 35 year-old Jody Trivette from Lenoir, North Carolina, was not injured in the crash. Trivette was transporting cylinders of compressed nitrogen and oxygen in the trailer.
Trivette 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