BREAKING: Pickup plows through truck arrester on Teton Pass

WILSON, Wyo. – UPDATE: WYDOT says the pickup truck went through the runaway arrester on Teton Pass.

The truck entered the truck arrester at milepost 7 and went through all 8 nets.

“The vehicle arrester did not perform as expected,” said WYDOT District Engineer Keight Compton in a press release. “We will be analyzing the system and how it functioned and take necessary steps to correct any noted problems.”

The arrester is closed until WYDOT can review the incident and evaluate what went wrong. Since it opened in March 2017, this is the 5th time it has been used.

ORIGINAL: Buckrail has received several reports of a crash on Teton Pass involving a truck towing a trailer. According to WYDOT, the incident has left the runaway vehicle arrester out of service near Jackson at milepost 7. Expect delays on your evening commute.

According to Fire Marshal Kathy Clay, the crash involved a man hauling a heavy load of some 32 12-inch round logs in a gooseneck trailer when he lost his brakes and had to use the runaway arrester on Highway 22 (Teton Pass). The unidentified man was not wearing his seatbelt but was reportedly unhurt by the incident.

The truck and trailer is teetering over the edge of a drop-off. Some of the logs left the load and went down the embankment.

“It’s going to be an interesting removal,” Clay said.

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