JUST IN: A Semi Closes Teton Pass, Again

By on March 6, 2017

The same scenario happened just two weeks ago. (Photo: Dave Sollitt)

JACKSON HOLE, WY — A semi truck lodged on Teton Pass at mile post 10 closed the highway around 3:10 p.m., impacting hundreds of commuters just in time for their journeys home.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because PJH reported an identical story two weeks ago.

The truck involved in today’s incident weighs 78,000 pounds, said Stephanie Harsha, WYDOT communications specialist. While Teton Pass is closed to trailer traffic until April 1, that’s 18,000 pounds over the legal limit during any season.

Harsha said that the semi truck, donning a High Country Transportation logo, initiated the closure, but high winds and low visibility have also stranded a number of other vehicles independently of the semi. WYDOT is hoping to get the road cleared, plowed and open “this evening sometime,” Harsha said.

A representative from High Country Transportation could not be reached for comment.

The fine for neglecting trailer laws is $420. But each violation, like the incident that closed the pass two weeks ago, has sparked community debate about raising the fine. Highway Patrol Lieutenant Matthew Brackin says that decision is ultimately up to the Wyoming Supreme Court.

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