EVANSTON, Wyoming — Three people are dead and four minors remain critically injured after a car accident Wednesday night near Evanston, Wyoming Highway Patrol reported Thursday.
There were seven occupants in the vehicle with five of them being minors, WHP officials said on the agency's Facebook page. None of the individuals in the car were wearing seatbelts.
The vehicle, a 1999 Chevrolet Venture, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near Evanston, Wyoming shortly before 11:30 p.m. when it slid on snow or ice and collided with the back end of a 2019 Freightliner tractor-trailer, officials said. The car then came to a stop, where it blocked the right lane and some of the left lane. Another semi proceeded to hit the stopped car a short time later.
The deceased individuals have been identified by Wyoming Highway Patrol as 38-year-old Marco D. Carr (the driver), 28-year-old Rebecca Nowlin (front seat passenger), and a 7-year old child in the backseat. The other four juveniles in the car are being treated at an area hospital in critical condition.
The victims were all Salt Lake City, Utah residents.
The drivers of the two Freightliners were not injured in the crash, officials said.
The roadway was icy and covered in snow at the time of the crash, officials said, and Wyoming Highway Patrol is investigating whether Carr was "speeding too fast for the winter road conditions" at the time of the crash.