WHP: Guardrail Pierced Semi During Deadly I-80 Crash
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says driver inattention and cell phone use may be to blame for a rollover crash on Interstate 80 that left a trucker dead.
The crash happened around 6 p.m. yesterday, Aug. 21, near mile marker 66, just south of Granger.
According to a fatality crash summary, 56-year-old Idaho resident Safet Zornic was driving in a single-lane construction zone when he failed to negotiate a slight right-hand curve and lost control of his rig, causing it to trip and slide on its passenger side.
"The vehicle slid into a guardrail end where the guardrail pierced the vehicle," the summary reads.
Zornic was not wearing his seat belt and died from his injuries.
This is the 93rd fatality on Wyoming's highways in 2023 compared to 78 in 2022, 72 in 2021, 79 in 2020, and 106 in 2019 to date; and the second trucker to die in a rollover crash on I-80 in Sweetwater County in the last week.
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