A crash on I-80 near Laramie involved a Wyoming Highway Patrol vehicle. Authorities say a Highway Patrol Trooper vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer on Thursday, May 22 around 4:30 p.m. while the trooper was stopping traffic.

A spokesman for Wyoming Highway Patrol said the incident occurred while Trooper Colling was assisting a Wyoming Brand Inspector in transporting horses from a disabled trailer into a second trailer. Trooper Colling temporarily closed I-80 near mile marker 315 near Laramie with his patrol vehicle to assist with the transfer of livestock. His emergency lights were activated, and Trooper Colling stood outside of his vehicle flagging oncoming traffic.

Authorities say that an oncoming tractor-trailer truck driven by Matthew Crawford of Cheyenne struck the patrol vehicle. Crawford said he was not paying attention and looked down for a moment, and when he saw the road blockage it was too late to stop. He attempted to emergency brake and steer to the right to avoid the scene, but was unsuccessful and hit the rear of the car.

Because Trooper Colling was outside of his vehicle, he was able to run to the median and avoid injury.

Road conditions at the time of the crash were clear and dry with no visibility issues. Crawford was cited for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.