Bus Topples Near Wheatland, Injuring 11 Texas Farm Workers Headed To Washington

When the driver failed to navigate a curve on I-25, a 40-person bus full of contract farmers headed from Texas to Washington toppled outside of Wheatland, injuring 11 people. 

Clair McFarland

April 05, 20232 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating a coach bus that toppled Wednesday morning south of Wheatland, injuring 11 of its 40 occupants.  

The driver, a 55-year-old man from Texas, failed to navigate a curve to the left and drove off the right side of the road, causing the bus to overturn, according to an announcement by the Highway Patrol.  

Emergency responders found the crashed bus at milepost 5.9 on the Service Road of Interstate 25 south of Wheatland.  

The driver was not injured.  

There were 40 occupants in the bus, the statement said, and they were headed from Texas to the state of Washington, on a contract to work on a farm.  

Authorities, after the crash, took the 11 injured people to the Platte County Memorial Hospital for treatment.  

Using a tow truck driver's personal vehicle and other emergency vehicles, local personnel then took the other people who'd been in the bus to the Wheatland Fire Training Center to escape the cold weather.  

Platte County Emergency Management is helping them find food and lodging, the statement said.  

The investigation is ongoing, the WHP said.

The agency extended its gratitude to Terry Stevenson with Platte County Emergency Management Platte County Memorial Hospital, Platte County Sheriff's Department, Platte County 911 Dispatch, Wyoming Highway Patrol Dispatch, Wheatland Police Department, Wheatland Fire and EMS, and Lee's Towing. 

Clair McFarland may be reached at Clair@CowboyStateDaily.com

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