Crash on Wyoming 372 derails five cars

2014-06-06T13:50:00Z 2014-06-09T14:14:11Z Crash on Wyoming 372 derails five carsGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
June 06, 2014 1:50 pm  • 

The Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that closed Wyoming 372 on Thursday, causing a five-car train derailment.

A truck driver for Lewis and Lewis identified as Sean Spiker was northbound on Wyoming 372 when he was unable to stop for a crossing train and collided with the train, according to a release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Spiker was able to jump out of the truck and roll down the highway. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital and then flown to Salt Lake City, the release said. 

Spiker's commercial carrier truck was so extensively damaged that not even the VIN number could be recovered.

Six train cars were damaged in the collision, and five cars were derailed, the patrol said. Cleanup extended into the evening, closing the highway from just after noon until 2:52 a.m. Friday.

Emergency personnel and maintenance teams were still on site Friday investigating and cleaning up the debris.

The highway patrol is trying to determine why Spiker didn't yield to the flashing lights and flaggers that were guiding the train across the highway. Troopers specializing in commercial carrier inspections have noted multiple faulty equipment violations. Troopers are still investigating any other factors that may have contributed to the crash.

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