On May 23, 2016, at approximately 10:55 p.m., Jonah McWinn, 70, was traveling westbound on I-80, when she pulled off the interstate onto the shoulder when a commercial truck came upon Ms. McWinn’s Ford Escape and crashed into it.
Ms. McWinn was fatally injured in the crash.
The truck driver was not injured. The crash is under investigation by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
The current federal weight limit for a large interstate truck is 80,000 pounds, but for some states, there are exemptions and permits allowing even heavier trucks to travel on our roadways. Bigger, heavier trucks are more likely to be in a crash, more likely to cause damage to our roads and bridges, and more likely to result in an injury or death.