Truck Driver Loses Life After Big Rig Plummets Into Ravine And Overturns
Laramie, Wyoming – A truck driver lost his life on Monday after the big rig he was driving left the roadway and plunged into a ravine along a Wyoming highway.
According to Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP), the accident happened around 8:25 p.m. along eastbound Wyoming 230.
Authorities say a 2000 Kenworth tractor-trailer, driven by 36-year-old Gillette, Wyoming resident Juan Aguayo-Gonzalez, failed to negotiate a slight curve to the left.
The big rig, which was hauling large machinery and equipment, then exited the right side of the roadway and plummeted down a ravine before overturning and crushing Aguayo-Gonzalez.
WHP said Aguayo-Gonzalez was pronounced dead on the scene.
Keith Guille, public information supervisor with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, said around 100-150 gallons of diesel fuel from the truck’s engine spilled into nearby Woods Creek.
Authorities said speed was likely a factor in the crash.
The speed limit on the highway is 70 mph, but signs through the area where the crash occurred caution drivers to slow down to 40 mph when navigating the curvy, steep highway.
This marks the second tractor-trailer crash near this location in the last 35 days, according to authorities.
The fatal accident is still under investigation at this time.