Icy roads cause injuries, wrecks WednesdayDec 14, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
Icy road conditions caused several slide-offs and other traffic incidents Wednesday, including two that resulted in injuries.
Eli Miller with the Wyoming Highway Patrol said both drivers involved in a two-vehicle crash early evening Wednesday on Wyoming Highway 789 south of Riverton were transported to an area hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
One of the drivers also will be cited for speed too fast for conditions and expired registration, Miller said.
Reports indicate the at-fault vehicle was headed toward Riverton at about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday when the driver lost control on the slick road.
"(The vehicle) spun around 180 degrees," Miller said. "The rear of the vehicle went into the opposite (lane of) oncoming traffic and caused a collision."
Both sedans were totaled, he said, adding that the roadway was "deceivingly icy" in that area.
"In Lander (the highway) was still pretty melted off and not frozen yet, but in Riverton it was just a sheet of black ice," Miller said.
Another person was taken to the hospital after a vehicle slid through an intersection Wednesday evening at College Hill Drive and Main Street in west Riverton.
Police and other law enforcement agencies responded to the incident at about 9:25 p.m. Wednesday. Reports indicate one vehicle was southbound on College Hill Drive when it hit some ice and was unable to stop; it slid through the intersection and was struck by another vehicle.
One occupant complained of neck pain, officials said.
Witnesses said traffic was blocked then restricted to one lane while officials cleared the scene.