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Gillette Firefighters Save Three From Truck After It Gets Suspended On Electrical Pole Guidewires

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Campbell County firefighters got an interesting call Friday that involved them rescuing three people from a truck that was suspended almost vertically from a power pole.

Around 8:15 a.m. Friday, firefighters responded to Garner Lake Road in Gillette for a call that a pickup had left the roadway, traveled through the guardrail and up the electrical pole guidewires. The pickup, suspended by the wires, stopped in a nearly vertical position.

Campbell County Fire Department Battalion Chief Kate Eischeid told Cowboy State Daily on Friday that she did not know whether the pickup left the road due to weather conditions or driver inattention.

“If the wires had snapped, like they usually do, the truck probably would have come down hard and rolled to one side or the other,” Eischeid said. “This was probably the better outcome, since the passengers were all restrained, upright and uninjured.”

Once firefighters arrived on the scene, they confirmed with the city’s electric department that the damaged pole and live wires were stable, so they could get the passengers and truck down.

“Once we got the vehicle stabilized, we got a ladder and had the passengers crawl down it through the backseat,” Eischeid said.

It took only about 20 minutes from the time firefighters arrived on the scene to get everyone out of the vehicle. Then, tow trucks helped get the pickup down, but Eischeid could not say whether the truck had been destroyed by the accident.

While the firefighters have seen vehicles in every position they can think of, the Friday incident was unique because of the wires holding the truck upright, Eischeid said.

“I’m proud of my guys and the work they were able to quickly and efficiently do,” she said.

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Park County School Bus Slides Off Slick Road

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By the Powell Tribune

A Powell school bus driver and student were not injured when a bus slid off a slick road around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The bus had just made its first stop and went around the corner on Road 8 and Lane 4.

It traveled about 300 yards down the road, bucking a few drifts, said Stephen Janes, transportation supervisor for Park County School District 1, then ‘a big wind gust came up [and] pushed the bus to the shoulder.

The soft shoulder gave out and sucked the bus into the ravine.’ Two people on the bus — the driver and one student — were OK, Janes said. ‘We were able to get the bus pulled out a little later in the day,’ he said.

The bus has some damage to the driver’s side, Janes said, ‘but should be back on the road soon.’

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Jeffree Star Injured In Car Rollover Near Casper

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

YouTuber and makeup mogul Jeffree Star was injured in a rollover collision near Casper on Friday.

In a Twitter post shared to Star’s account Friday, a photo showed the Star lying in a hospital bed wearing a neck brace. He was holding the hand of his best friend, Daniel Lucas.

“A few hours ago Jeffree and Daniel were in a severe car accident and the car flipped 3 times after hitting black ice,” the post said. “We will update you all when the doctor gives us more info. So thankful they are both alive.”

According to Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeremy Beck, Star and Lucas were driving on the Hat Six Road northbound when they encountered some slush in the roadway around 8:30 a.m. Friday.

The car then went off the road and rolled over. Beck didn’t have information on whether Star and Lucas were wearing seatbelts, how fast the vehicle was going or even who was actually driving the car.

“I honestly don’t know a lot about what happened, but we’re still investigating everything,” Beck told Cowboy State Daily on Friday.

Star and Lucas were taken to the Wyoming Medical Center following the crash and were still there as of early Friday afternoon.

Star has been living in the Casper area since the fall, after he bought a ranch where he could write his autobiography. He has regularly been seen around town since then.

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Cheyenne Gym’s Roof Collapses After Major Snowstorm

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Cheyenne gym’s roof collapsed due to the nearly 3 feet of snowfall that blanketed the city over the weekend.

CrossFit Frontier was one of the casualties of the recent blizzard, which shut down much of southeastern Wyoming for a second day on Tuesday.

Half of the gym’s roof collapsed on Monday night, the gym said in a social media post.

“Obviously we will be closed for the foreseeable future,” the post said. “We appreciate everyone’s willingness to help with moving things from the gym. However, at this time it is still not safe to be inside as there is still a lot of snow accumulated on the non collapsed side of the building.”

It didn’t appear anyone was hurt when the roof collapsed and all classes had been canceled at the gym on Monday.

The gym’s current location is in the 2400 block of East Seventh Street in Cheyenne, but obviously, a move will be in the business’ future. CrossFit Frontier has been open since 2011, according to its website.

“In the mean time be on the look out for more at home workouts to get you through until we can get reopened,” the gym wrote. “As always, thank you all for your love and support.”

Much of southeastern Wyoming has been affected by the storm in one way or another. Although portions of central and western Wyoming began to see traffic move again on the state’s highways on Tuesday, roads in and out of Cheyenne remained blocked by the heavy snow dropped by the blizzard.

Government offices and schools remained closed in Cheyenne on Tuesday and the Legislature, which rarely stops its work because of weather conditions, suspended proceedings for a second day as the city continued its efforts to clear the roads around the community.

The weekend blizzard left 31 inches of snow on Cheyenne, breaking a 42-year-old record, and the Cheyenne Police Department, on its Facebook page, predicted it could take city snowplow crews several days to finish clearing snow from the community’s roads.

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Two Side-By-Side Rec Vehicles Crash Through Ice At Buffalo Bill Reservoir in Park County

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Two side-by-side recreational vehicles crashed through the ice on the Buffalo Bill Reservoir this weekend, prompting the Park County Sheriff’s Office to remind everyone about proper ice recreation safety.

On Sunday, the two vehicles broke through the ice on the North Fork side of the reservoir near Cedar Mountain Point. No one was hurt in the incident and the owners of the vehicles were able to retrieve them without assistance.

However, the Park County Sheriff’s Office used the incident as an educational moment to remind everyone that proper ice recreation safety can mean the difference between life and death.

The thickness of the ice on various bodies of water is very inconsistent this time of year. As the weather continues to warm up, the ice will become more dangerous, the office said.

Certain areas may seem safe but may be very close to areas that are less stable. Anyone who decides to go out on to the ice should always wear a personal floatation device.

Any number of conditions, including stress fractures, air pockets, or overly fatigued ice can cause otherwise strong ice to give way. Without a personal floatation device, a victim can drown within 2 to 15 minutes, depending on the water temperature, due to loss of voluntary muscle control.

Sheriff Scott Steward recommended people not travel onto the ice at this time due to the warm weather and rapidly deteriorating conditions. For those that do venture out on open ice, carry a pair of “ice awls” or “ice picks” with them, preferably on a loop hung around their necks.

“These devices held in each hand will enable the victim to self-rescue by gripping the ice, allowing the victim to pull themselves up and out of the water,” Steward said.

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