A trucker is dead after his load pierced his cab during an abrupt stop in icy conditions early on Tuesday morning.
The crash happened in Uinta County, Wyoming just before 2 a.m. on westbound Interstate 80.
According to KPVI News, 47-year-old Enrique Lozano Castro crested a hill on I-80 in icy conditions and then braked to avoid previous crashes. As he braked, his trailer hauling heavy metal piping and I-beams jackknifed, causing the rig to slide off the road. The truck’s tires then became lodged in the soft dirt on the side of the road, causing the truck to come to an abrupt stop. The stop caused the heavy load to become dislodged, and the metal pierced through the truck cab.
Castro was killed in the incident and was pronounced dead on scene. Highway patrol says that the load was secured with only a nylon strap, and is investigating equipment failure as a contributing factor in the crash.
Four other semi trucks wrecked on the same stretch of road in the “icy conditions.”