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Wrecks, road closures come with snowstorm

Apr 9, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Dozens of vehicle crashes and other complications were reported Monday and Tuesday as a powerful winter storm struck Fremont County.

The county had the heaviest snow depths anywhere in Wyoming, according to official weather reports.

Officials said no serious injuries were reported due to traffic collisions, which began occurring at about noon Monday according to Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee.

"They have been occurring quite steadily since that time," Lee said Tuesday.

As of Tuesday morning, five wrecks were reported on county roads in the Riverton area, and another four took place near Lander. Other crashes were reported in the Kinnear and Shoshoni areas as well.

"They appear to be sporadic throughout the entire Fremont County area," Lee said about the wrecks. "The majority of them are slide -offs, but we have had a few actual collisions."

He encouraged residents to stay off of the roads unless travel is necessary.

"If you do have to (drive), drive slow, and please wear a seatbelt, and be especially careful on the state highways," Lee said.

Riverton drivers 'did OK'

As of Tuesday morning, parts of Riverton had experienced more than a foot of snow. Emergency officials said only two local motorists reported trouble with the winter driving.

"We did OK," RPD Capt. Eric Murphy said Tuesday, recalling one weather-related slide-off Monday evening on Honor Farm Road.

According to reports, the silver passenger car slid into the ditch along Honor Farm Road at about 11:15 p.m. Monday. Murphy said police were on scene for about 20 minutes before a tow truck arrived to remove the vehicle from the area.

Another driver slid into the ditch in front of Wendy's in the 1700 block of North Federal Boulevard. Murphy said a passing motorist called in the accident at about 11:25 p.m. Monday.

"Male subject driving a vehicle appears to be upset," Murphy read from the report. "No damage to the vehicle."

He said Wind River Towing responded to the area to assist.

In the Lander area, which had the biggest snowfall in the state, police said they assisted the FCSO and Wyoming Highway Patrol, with at least three calls concerning wrecks.

Almost 19 inches fell at the Hunt Field Airport in Lander, with about 21 inches recorded almost 10 miles south of town. As a result, the Lander Police Department handled a crash at the intersection of South Second and Main streets.

Officers also assisted several motorists, including one whose vehicle had gotten stuck in a driveway due to snow.

Other snowfall totals in Fremont County included 12 inches at Jeffrey City, 10 inches at both Hudson and South Pass, 6 inches at Ethete and 3 inches at Dubois.

Road closures

Local road closures Tuesday impacted U.S. Highway 287 between Lander and Muddy Gap and the roadway between Riverton and the Sweetwater Station junction.

Traffic advisements encouraged no unnecessary travel between Lander and Riverton, between Lander and Diversion Dam and between Lander and the junction with U.S. Highway 287/Wyoming Highway 28. Light trailers were not advised in the South Pass and Atlantic City areas as well.

-- Staff Writer Katie Roenigk contributed to that report

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