An Illinois man was killed and his three passengers injured when a tractor-trailer jack-knifed into their GMC pickup on an icy roadway of Eastbound I-80 early Sunday morning.
The semi, driven by 58-year-old Tonja S. Morale, was in the process of passing the Williams vehicle driving at approximately 65 mph. But as she was passing the vehicle, lost control, and jackknifed into their vehicle. Both vehicles went off the roadway into the median.
The driver of the GMC, 54-year-old David E. Williams, died at the scene. One of the passengers had to be LifeFlighted to a hospital in Denver. Morale and her passenger were not injured.
This crash, along with several others, caused the closure of the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 80 from Cheyenne to the Wyoming-Nebraska state line for approximately six hours.
At the time of the crash roadways were icy with snowfall, blowing snow and limited visibility.