By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department has shared a terrifying video captured by one of its deputies over the weekend of a semi-truck crash involving an Amazon Prime truck.
The video was taken Sunday when the deputy was working an extra patrol shift in the Wamsutter area, where officers responded to reports of numerous traffic crashes and slide-offs on Interstate 80.
“Please pay attention and slow down. All of our lives depend on it,” the department said in its social media post with the video.
The 90-second video shows the Amazon Prime semi-truck’s trailer jackknifing as the truck passes another semi on the interstate.
The trailer then crashes into the second semi, and the video even shows a back tire and axle from one of the trucks flying into the air and narrowly missing the officer.
The video added information about how, statistically, an officer is more likely to be killed during a traffic stop than in a violent encounter with guns.
Wyoming had 128 traffic fatalities in 2020 and has had eight so far in 2021.