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Snow plow rear ended near Moorcroft


February 28, 2019

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A second WYDOT snow plow has been struck by a truck while clearing snow on the interstate near Moorcroft. The plow was in the left-hand passing lane of the westbound lane of Interstate 90 at mile marker 159 during a midday run.

A WYDOT snow plow operator was plowing about one inch of light, powdery snow when he was hit from behind by a half-ton truck. The plow operator was traveling at about 35 miles per hour at the time.

The truck struck the sander, causing substantial damage to the sander, but none to the plow truck. The truck received significant damage. No injuries were reported.

This was the second incident in just one week on I90. Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Brandon Morton stated the incident was likely a result of poor visibility created by the snow cloud and from following the plow too closely.

WYDOT strongly encourages all drivers to increase their following distances when snow removal operations are occurring on our highways. What you may experience as good visibility and passing conditions may quickly change if the snow plow encounters changing snow conditions.


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