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Three Killed in Wyoming I-80 Wreck, Highway Still Closed

Three people were killed and a number of others were injured Sunday in two large wrecks on Interstate 80 west of Rawlins.

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

March 02, 20201 min read

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Three people were killed and a number of others were injured Sunday in two large wrecks on Interstate 80 west of Rawlins.

According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, more than 110 vehicles were involved in crashes in both lanes of the interstate about 27 miles west of Rawlins.

Sgt. Jeremy Beck, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said 80 to 100 vehicles were involved in the crash in westbound lanes of the interstate, while the second wreck, several miles away, involved 30 to 40 vehicles.

Troopers first received reports of the accidents Sunday afternoon, according to a Highway Patrol posting on Facebook.

Weather was reported to be a contributing factor in the accidents.

A continuing investigation into the accident and winter weather conditions forced the closure of Interstate 80 from Laramie to Rock Springs on Monday. Beck said the identities of the people killed in the crash could not be released until the investigation is complete.

The Highway Patrol estimated the highway would not open until Tuesday afternoon.

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