ROCK SPRINGS (WNE) — Driving too fast for conditions is being investigated as the cause of an Saturday morning accident that killed two people, including a child, on Interstate 80.
Ashley Hiracheta was driving a 2002 Honda Odyssey with five other passengers when it lost traction on the ice and snow-covered eastbound road around 8:05 a.m. by milepost 85 on I-80. This caused a 2010
Peterbilt Conventional to collide with the back of the minivan.
Fifty-year-old Shelly Dale Leon, from Chico, California, was wearing seat belt at the time but later died from her injuries at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. A juvenile passenger was not in a child
restraint seat and died at the scene. Another minor who was not wearing a seat belt was injured and flown by helicopter to the University of Utah Hospital. Hiracheta, 28, from Moorland, Iowa, was wearing her seat belt and was transported to MHSC for injuries. The conditions remain unknown, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
The other two passengers in the Honda were treated for minor injuries and released, according to WyDOT Public Relations Specialist Stephanie Harsha.
The driver of the Peterbilt, 27-year-old Helal Ghulam Majid of Lathrop, California, was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. A passenger in the truck was uninjured as well, according to the WHP.
As a result of the crash, I-80 was closed eastbound for 4.5 hours and traffic diverted to Wyoming Highway 374.