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Engine trouble leads to fatal crash on I-90


March 3, 2022

A Moorcroft resident was killed on Tuesday in a vehicle crash that took place on the interstate near Moorcroft. The crash occurred when a passenger vehicle collided with a semi truck that was experiencing engine troubles.

The incident took place at around 8:58 a.m. on February 22, at milepost 162 eastbound. A semi truck combination was traveling eastbound in the right lane at around 30 to 40 mph with its hazard lights activated due to engine troubles, says Lt. Tim Boumeester, Wyoming Highway Patrol.

A passenger vehicle was also traveling eastbound, behind the semi. The driver stated following the crash that his cruise control was set at 76 mph, says Boumeester, and he was adjusting the radio just prior to the collision.

The driver of the passenger vehicle braked and steered to the left of the semi truck in an attempt to avoid the collision, but was unsuccessful. The passenger vehicle collided with the semi trailer, rotating the car into the left-hand passing lane, where it came to an uncontrolled rest facing east.

The tractor-trailer combination was able to come to a controlled stop approximately 450 feet north of the collision on the right-hand shoulder of the road.

According to Boumeester, the driver of the passenger vehicle was wearing a seatbelt and survived. However, the passenger, identified as Joe Stone of Moorcroft, was pronounced deceased at the scene.


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