Posted: Oct 8, 2012 9:02 PM by Andy Koen
Updated: Oct 8, 2012 9:04 PM
ALBANY COUNTY, WYO - The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that dense fog and icy road surfaces contributed to pair of accidents that tangled up seven tractor trailers early Saturday morning, killing the driver of one of the rigs.
The accident happened just after 2:35 a.m. Saturday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 approximately 14 miles east of Laramie.
One of the drivers in the deadly 4 truck crash had slowed because of an earlier crash that was blocking the highway. As he was slowing, his trailer was clipped by a second rig. A third truck driven by Irakli Metskhvarishvili, 38, of Bensalem, PA collided with the second truck and caught fire. Metskhvarishvili became trapped in his truck and died in the fire.
The crash closed the interstate for approximately 9 hours. The driver of the first truck, Roger Teut, 71 of Lincoln, NE was hospitalized with a severe head injury. It's unclear whether he was hit by one of the rigs or if he fell on the ice.
Harvinder Sidhu, 41 of Lathrop, CA was driving the second rig and was cited for failure to use extreme caution and for traveling too fast for the existing conditions. A video posted on YouTube by a user named Snoboardinbob shows the conditions on I-80 that morning.