On Sunday afternoon, at about 3:25 p.m., Trooper Rose of Wyoming Highway Patrol was one of the first responders to a crash on Highway 14 immediately north of Moorcroft at mile marker 155.5 when a trailer came loose from its pickup and entered the oncoming lane.
A Newcastle resident, driving a pickup with a wood and metal flat bed trailer hauling a riding lawn mower, was traveling in the westbound lane. It is uncertain at this time whether the trailer actually separated from the pickup or was simply “tracking off of the pickup”, says Rose.
A Moorcroft area resident and seven passengers were traveling eastbound in a van and “drove right through the trailer.” There was extensive damage to the van and the trailer was destroyed.
One occupant of the van was transported to the Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette with minor injuries and was later released. Two citations were given to the driver of the pickup, one for improper lane use because the individual’s trailer entered into the eastbound lane and the other for no displayed license plate on his trailer.
Highway Patrol was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff’s Department and Moorcroft’s police department and ambulance.