Hot oil escaped from an overturned tractor trailer with a pup Monday afternoon on the Sand Draw Highway at Beaver Rim. (WYDOT)
(Riverton, Wyo.) - The Thermopolis driver of a semi-truck pulling a trailer and a pup filled with hot oil was injured when his southbound truck crashed on Beaver Rim on Wyoming 135 between Riverton and Sweetwater Station Monday afternoon. The Wyoming Highway Patrol was dispatched to the crash scene at 3:55 p.m. Monday; the trooper arrived at the crash scene at 5 p.m.
Wayne Bearley, 32, of Thermopolis was driving for Ryan Brothers Trucking of Thermopolis. He told the state trooper that upon climbing Beaver Rim in his truck, he reached to the passenger side of the truck for a pack of cigarettes. His truck failed to negotiate a slight curve in the highway, damaged about 130 feet of cable guardrail as it left the highway, and ended up on its side lodged in the state right-of-way fence. The trailer’s pup ended landed upside down.
An unknown quantity of oil was spilled on the ground and surrounding area from the tanks of the truck. Bearley was cited for “failure to maintain a single lane of travel.” Bearley was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital with injuries.
Reports from the scene estimated about an acre of land was fouled by the hot oil that leaked from the tankers. A clean-up at the site was underway on Tuesday.