Georgia Trucker Dies in Cheyenne, Wyoming Crash
CHEYENNE Wy. — A 60-year-old trucker from Georgia died Sunday, September 23, 2018, when he lost control over his rig and the tractor, along with the trailer, rolled over. The Wyoming Highway Patrol investigated the accident according to kgab.com in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Police do not suspect other vehicles were involved. The Wyoming State Police investigators continue to probe the reasons behind the fatal incident.*
Wyoming Highway Patrol officers responded to reports of the semi-truck crash at 5:23 a.m. on Sunday morning. Emergency callers reported the crash site to be located near milepost 337 on the westbound side of I-80, several miles west of Cheyenne. Upon arrival, Highway Patrol officers found 60-year-old Charles Mosteller behind the wheel of the rolled rig. Highway Patrol investigators said that Mr. Mosteller was seated belted when they found him.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol does not have a substantial amount of information about the deadly accident at this time. An office speaking on behalf of the Highway Patrol said that Mr. Mosteller went into the median strip separating east and westbound traffic after failing to turn as I-80 swung to the right. The rig crashed into the median and then tipped over onto the driver’s side. The evidence left behind from the accident scene left Highway Patrol to speculate whether the driver fell asleep behind the wheel or suffered a medical emergency. No other vehicles appear to be involved in the accident.
In Georgia in 2015, 1,430 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the state according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Among those, 182 involved a large truck, which by definition weighs over 10,000 pounds. Additionally, 335 fatal accidents involved at least one vehicle rolling over. Also, over half of the fatalities in Georgia in 2015, 775, were single-vehicle accidents. Finally, 760 fatal accidents featured at least one of the vehicles leaving the roadway.
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