18-Wheeler Plunges into North Platte River Near Ft. Steele, Wyoming

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Reeling in the Big One

The painstakingly slow process of reeling in the water logged CRST tractor trailer begins Thursday afternoon — more than eight hours after the commercial truck entered the North Platte River. Professional tow truck operators from Pronghorn Towing and Recovery had to stop several times in order to clear debris and level the earth along the embankment. The slow and steady pace was necessary to ensure the trailer didn’t tip over in the strong current. Bigfoot 99 has the story this morning. Video by Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99

Posted by Bigfoot99 – KTGA 99.3 FM Saratoga/Rawlins, WY on Friday, April 10, 2020

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Well, this is something — thankfully — you don’t see everyday.

A semi-truck driver on Thursday, who apparently fell asleep at the wheel, drove his truck into the North Platte River near Fort Steele.

The good news is that the driver and his passenger escaped the ordeal with only minor injuries. The bad news is, well, he drove his truck into the river.

According to a news release, the Wyoming Highway Patrol was dispatched to the area at 5:38 a.m. Thursday morning and spotted the vehicle in the river.

Carbon County Search and Rescue and the Wyoming Game and Fish also responded to the scene. 

Carbon County Search and Rescue used their boat to help retrieve the passengers from the truck.

The Wyoming Game and Fish and Carbon County Fire Department worked to contain any hazardous material leaking from the truck.           

The driver was cited for failing to maintain his lane of travel. 

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