Wyoming I-80 pileup in blowing snow kills 3, injures dozens

At least three people are dead in Wyoming and dozens injured in a pileup that happened amid blowing snow on a highway that stretches across the state

RAWLINS, Wyo. — At least three people are dead in Wyoming and dozens injured in a pileup that happened amid blowing snow that closed part of a highway that stretches across the state.

The wreck happened in snowy, blustery weather Sunday on Interstate 80 about 180 miles (290 kilometers) west of Cheyenne.

Besides the three killed, about 30 people were taken to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in the small city of Rawlins, hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Hinkle told the Casper Star-Tribune.

Officials at the 25-bed hospital expected more injured people to arrive Monday. They called in in three extra doctors and set up a temporary patient holding area in a cafeteria.

A 200-mile (320-kilometer) stretch of westbound I-80, from Laramie to Rock Springs, was closed. Wyoming Department of Transportation officials didn’t expect the highway to reopen until early Tuesday.

Forecasters predicted snow driven by wind up to 50 mph (80 kilometers per hour) would continue to affect travel until Tuesday.

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