WYDOT Urges “Don’t Crowd The Plow!” After Big Rig Totals Snowplow
Walcott, WY – A flurry of recent snowplow strikes has prompted the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) to urge all drivers to operate with caution, especially during winter weather.
On Wednesday, WYDOT reported that from February 11 through 16, ten snowplows were struck while attempting to improve icy road conditions.
“Most of the plows were struck from behind by other vehicles, resulting in minor damages and injuries,” WYDOT said. “Most of the public’s vehicles had to be towed from the highway.”
However, one of those accidents involved a big rig which WYDOT said caused injury to the plow driver.
A WYDOT plow was hit Friday on I-80 EB near Walcott Jct. The plow rolled 1.5x (see photo below). Driver was taken to hospital for his injuries. 17 plows struck already this season, 10 last weekend alone. Don’t crowd the plow! More info here: https://t.co/dE0SBZjBAp #wyoroad pic.twitter.com/bqYMSIJvfj
— WYDOT District 1 (@wydot1) February 17, 2021
The crash occurred on Friday, February 12 along eastbound Interstate 80 near Walcott Junction.
According to WYDOT, the plow was struck from the rear causing it to roll 1.5 times.
The plow driver was taken to the hospital for his injuries.
Both vehicles were totaled.
“We want to remind the public to be careful when driving around our plows during winter weather,” said WYDOT Director K. Luke Reiner. “Our drivers are out there maintaining the roads by clearing the snow and putting down materials to help keep traffic moving. We want all drivers to pay attention and be careful so everyone gets home safely.”
Further, WYDOT reminded all motorists to stay a safe distance behind a plow until it’s safe to pass.
WYDOT’s snowplows typically travel slower at speeds of 25 to 45 mph, depending on conditions.
So far this winter season, WYDOT said it has reported 17 such snowplow strikes.
This is down slightly from last year’s winter total of 23, but still up sharply from the recent past when only eight such crashes were reported for 2018-2019, eight for 2017-2018, three for 2016-2017, seven for 2015-2016 and 13 for 2014-2015.