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Driver escapes serious injury in Wind River Canyon crash; truck tipped up
Mar 6, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
A Shoshoni woman was cited for driving under the influence on Saturday after crashing her vehicle into the wall of the Wind River Canyon.
Wyoming Highway Patrol officials said Dixie Moore, 36, of Shoshoni, wasn't seriously injured in the one-vehicle accident, which took place at about 2 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 20 south of the canyon tunnels.
According to reports, she was headed toward Shoshoni in her 1990 Ford F150 pickup truck when she crossed over the center lane and drove off of the east edge of the road.
"She hit the rock wall there, and after she hit the rock wall it kind of tipped her up to where her tires were up against the rock wall and the right side of her vehicle was on the ground," WHP trooper Brian Bragonier said Tuesday. "It was tipped up leaning against the rocks."
Moore was the only occupant in the vehicle, and Bragonier said she was treated and released for hip pain and vision problems at a local hospital.
"She was held overnight for observation, then released," Bragonier said. "It could have been more serious."
He estimated Moore had been driving at about 50 miles per hour at the time of the incident.
"A witness who was following her through the canyon said she was all over the road," Bragonier said.
Initial reports state smoke was coming out of the pickup truck after the crash. Bragonier said the vehicle was totaled, and the road through the canyon was blocked for several hours after law enforcement responded to the scene.
"We had to wait for a wrecker out of Riverton," Bragonier said.
Moore was cited for DUI, no seatbelt and having an expired driver's license, and Bragonier said she will appear in court to face her charges though she is not in custody.