(Hudson, Wyo.) – A 53-year-old Lander woman escaped injury around 7:20 a.m. this morning after her northbound 2014 Dodge 1500 pickup lost control on an icy bridge surface and crashed into a southbound 2008 Kenworth tractor-trailer rig just east of Hudson. State Trooper Lt. Tom Adams of the Wyoming Highway Patrol said RaJean Strube Fossen of Lander was heading toward Riverton when her truck began sliding into the other lane of traffic. The front left of Fossen’s pickup hit the front left of the 18-wheeler.
“She was very lucky the driver of the Kenworth was paying attention,” Adams said. “When he saw her pickup beginning to slide, he turned to the right and had moved about six feet to the right to avoid a head-on crash.” Fossen refused medical attention at the scene. She was wearing a seat belt and there was air bag deployment.
The driver of the Kenworth was identified as Marco Cardenas, 41 of Salt Lake City. He was taken by ambulance to Lander Regional Hospital where he was treated and released.
Highway 789 was closed for about two hours while the wreckage was cleared.
A crash on 789, but at milepost 97.5 south of Riverton was reported at 6:26 p.m. Sunday evening involved a single vehicle rollover. A 1996 Volvo three axle truck was involved in this crash. The rig was driven by 40-year-old Nnah Chinoso of South Jordan, Utah. Adams said the driver was not injured. The driver lost control on the icy surface and the vehicle left the roadway and partially rolled.
A third crash due to the icy roads was reported at milepost 13.5 on the Missouri Valley Road east of Midvale Sunday night. According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, a 20-year-old man from Pavillion was driving too fast for conditions with his cruise control on when his black Ford F-150 hit a patch of ice, fish tailed, left the highway and crashed through a fence, ending up on its side. The man was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured. Damage to the vehicle was not reported to be major.