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Seatbelts Save Lives in I-80 Crash

Written by on February 15, 2019

Seatbelts save lives.

That’s the message from the Wyoming Highway Patrol after a four-vehicle crash Tuesday on I-80. The interstate has seen a tremendous weather impact this week, which contributed to a four-vehicle collision at around 6:40 a.m. on February 5th.

According to the Highway Patrol, a 2004 Ford Expedition headed west on Interstate 80 lost control on the slick roadway, going at speeds estimated to be around 65 mph. The vehicle crossed the median and collided with three full-sized pickup trucks heading the opposite direction. 

While most of the vehicles were either destroyed or severely damaged in the crash, the occupants walked away with minor injuries.  The Highway Patrol says that seat belts and airbags played a large role in the survival of all occupants.

The roadways were slick with snow and ice from an early morning storm, and speeding too fast for conditions is being investigated as contributing factors.

The Highway Patrol reminds motorists that using a seat belt is the easiest step you can take to ensure a better chance of surviving a serious motor vehicle collision. Seat belts can help prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected during a crash and have saved thousands of lives each year.

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