Highway Patrol Works to Keep Up With Storm
The storm that recently came through has kept the Wyoming Highway Patrol busy.
Troopers investigated 61 crashes statewide during the 32-hour period between 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 and 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. Of those 61 crashes, 10 involved injury and 51 were classified as property damage only, including two hit-and-runs.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Sgt. David Wagener says that fortunately, no fatalities were reported during that period.
Sgt. Wagener says that the WHP dispatch center answered nearly 2,500 phone calls and handled 567 events during those 32 hours. Of those calls, 129 involved broken down or stranded motorists who received assistance from WHP Troopers.
Sgt. Wagener wants the public to know that the dispatch center continues to deal with a high volume of calls, many of which are seeking information on road conditions and closures. Sgt. Wagener says the dispatch center doesn’t have that information, and those calls are best directed elsewhere.
“Our dispatch is not the proper place to call for when highways are going to reopen,” says Sgt. Wagener. “When someone calls in to ask when a highway is going to reopen, that’s taking up precious time that our dispatchers have to field that call when someone might be trying to call in an actual emergency that we need to take care of.”
Current road conditions are available at www.wyoroad.info. Travelers can also call 511 or 1-888-WYO-ROAD for up-to-date information.