• January 26, 2022

Injuries Reported after Multi-Truck Accident on I-80 near Lyman, WY

Lyman, WY -- January 25, 2022, one person was injured in a traffic accident involving six trucks along Interstate 80 in southwest Wyoming.

Authorities say the incident happened early Tuesday along I-80 near mile marker 52 and the town of Lyman. Preliminary investigation suggests only that six commercial tractor-trailers, one of them hauling dairy products, were involved and weather conditions were cold and icy. Images of the scene show several 18-wheelers with significant damage on the roadside.

A driver and passenger in the dairy truck had to be extricated by firefighters. They received only minor cuts and scrapes and were treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Investigators believe a truck traveling at unsafe speeds for the icy conditions may have been a factor in the crash.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-80 near Lyman

While I'm sure this accident was scary as it all went down, it's at least a silver lining to read that the injuries sustained weren't serious--pretty miraculous if true, considering the way things reportedly occurred. In situations like that I can't help but feel some concern when early reports--ones that don't necessarily have all the facts--downplay a victim's damages.

I don't mean to say things are certain to get worse or that reports are mistaken. I just know from long experience working on auto accidents that sometimes injuries take a little while to show their true nature. I worked on a wreck not long ago where a man's "sore back" after being rear-ended by an 18-wheeler turned out to be a ruptured spinal disk that required major surgery and lengthy rehab, all while the company behind the truck that hit him denied liability. While his original injuries were thought to be "not serious," very little about his overall experience turned out to be minor.

Injuries Reported after Multi-Truck Accident on I-80 near Lyman, WY

Obviously I hope the situation in Wyoming doesn't go that way and there's no particular reason to think it will. It's just important to find out everything about what happened and why, including making more sense of how exactly the wreck occurred. Commercial truck wrecks should always be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly even if their aftermath doesn't immediately seem dire. I have seen too many cases where victims are told they're "fine" only for their injuries to worsen later--sometimes when it's too late to take any action.

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