• June 20, 2022

Three Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-80 near Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne, WY — June 17, 2022, three people were killed in a crash between two 18-wheelers on Interstate 80 near Cheyenne.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:20 a.m. on I-80 near mile marker 383, east of town. Preliminary investigation suggests a tractor-trailer was headed east on the interstate when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The truck and trailer overturned in the roadway and came to a stop.

Shortly afterward a second big rig approached the area and crashed with the overturned truck, causing both 18-wheelers to catch fire and become fully engulfed.

Three unidentified people were confirmed dead in the crash.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Accident on I-80 near Cheyenne

There are still plenty of answers to gather about the circumstances of this terrible accident. How and why did the first driver lose control? Did something go wrong with the truck? Were the roads wet or otherwise hazardous? Did the driver fall asleep or take their eyes off the road momentarily? How fast was the truck traveling? What about the second big rig? Did something prevent its driver from seeing the overturned truck ahead? Is that area lit at night? Were both trucks' lights on?

That's just a handful of the questions that still need addressing to make sure the wreck itself is properly understood beginning to end. There are further concerns about its aftermath too, since it's important to make sure the families of the people lost in the crash get help resuming their lives the best they can.

Three Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on I-80 near Cheyenne, WY

Making sure the accident is properly investigated and all its details learned is a pivotal step toward getting them that help. Crashes between commercial trucks, no matter how their circumstances look on paper, often turn into prolonged games of "hot potato" between the trucks' owners as each tries to blame the other for the damage done. Cutting through all that back-and-forth typically requires knowing the truth and proving it with indisputable evidence.

Unfortunately police don't always dive deep enough as they investigate, which is why I often suggest to victims and families that they work with independent investigators--professionals with the time, tools, and training to make sure the job's done right. With the evidence they uncover, many people affected by accidents like this are able not only to find out the truth, but also hold the right parties accountable.

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