Crashed Truck Driver Struck And Killed By Semi After Exiting His Truck
Rawlins, Wyoming – A truck driver who was involved in a two-semi crash was struck and killed by a third tractor-trailer along Interstate 80 after he exited his truck.
According to a recent release, the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) said the fatal accident happened on Wednesday, March 13, at approximately 9:40 a.m. as troopers were investigating a multiple vehicle crash which involved two semis at mile marker 219, east of Rawlins.
Investigators said 28-year-old St. Louis, Missouri resident Life Maisha exited his truck and was waiting after a collision with another semi. As troopers were working to clear the scene, a 2006 Peterbilt driven by 44-year-old West Jordan, Utah resident Craig Hutcherson collided with both previously crashed tractor-trailers.
WHP said Maisha became trapped between his trailer and the tractor portion of the other vehicle. Maisha was later pronounced dead on the scene.
Authorities said no one else was injured in either crash.
WHP investigators described road conditions at the time of the accidents as “slick with ice and blowing snow.” Investigators said winter road conditions and driving too fast for the conditions are both likely contributing factors in the fatal accident.
WHP confirmed their investigation into Hutcherson’s actions are still ongoing.