Two confirmed killed in I-80 chain pile-up on April 20th
64 total vehicles involved, westbound lane still closed between Laramie and Walcott Junction for wreck clean-up and crash scene investigation
by Wyoming Highway Patrol
April 21, 2015
Update, Tuesday, April 21, 2015:
Two fatalities have been confirmed from this crash and that is projected to be the final number of fatalities involved. 58-year old Lynn Freeman of Williford, Arkansas and 23-year old Jenay L. Breden of Westminster, Colorado were pronounced deceased on scene. The two females were in separate vehicles during the crash.
The total number of vehicles involved has been increased to 64.
The decision to arrest and charge Mr. Dragaytsev was based upon evidence from the investigation and conference with the Albany County Attorney's Office. The specific evidence leading to that arrest is part of the pending criminal investigation and is not releasable at this time.
Interstate 80 eastbound reopened last night (Monday, April 20th) at 11:24 p.m. and westbound traffic is still being rerouted on US 30 from Laramie to Walcott Junction. Westbound is projected to reopen sometime this morning. Again, updates on the closure can be found at www.wyoroad.info or by calling 1-888-WYO-ROAD.
Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead by checking road and weather conditions before traveling in higher elevations such as Wyoming, follow digital message sign warnings and variable speed limits, decrease speeds and increase following distances when they encounter inclement weather and to always buckle up.