Snow Plow Driver Injured in Truck Accident on I-80 near Rock Springs, WY
Sweetwater County, WY -- March 5, 2023, a snow plow driver sustained injuries outside Rock Springs after an accident where a semi-truck hit the plow on I-80.
Wyoming Highway Patrol officials said that the incident happened near mile marker 125 early Sunday. It appears that a snow plow was working along the interstate when a semi-truck attempting to pass a vehicle on the left somehow crashed into it.
The snow plow driver was said to have minor injuries as a result of the crash. The truck driver apparently received citations for driving too fast for conditions as well as careless driving. No further information is available at this time.
One thing that stood out to me was some media outlets talking about how nearly two dozen plows have been struck this past winter. Is that a high amount? I obviously don't live up north, and clearly in places like Wyoming where plows are crucial in the winter months, there are going to be many out on the roads, meaning they're more likely to be hit. But Wyoming isn't exactly a densely populated state. So could it be that snow plow drivers are unnecessarily putting themselves at risk? Are they not provided the proper equipment or manpower to help avoid these kinds of crashes? Fortunately no one was killed here, but if these workers doing a vital public service are going to constantly be in danger, it may just be a matter of time before a completely preventable crash turns fatal.