Motorist changing tire near Kaycee killed by passing semi

A Colorado man was killed yesterday while changing a tire on his motor home on I-25 yesterday morning near Kaycee. At the time of the crash, Clifford VanCampen, 66, of Lamar, Colorado, was outside of his vehicle changing a tire on a car dolly that had been loaded with a passenger car while being towed by a 2000 Coachmen Motorhome, the Wyoming Highway Patrol reports. The motorhome, car dolly and the passenger car that had been on the car dolly were all parked off the travel lanes of I-25 on the east emergency shoulder. Brenda VanCampen, a 65 year old Lamar resident, was also out of the vehicle assisting with the tire change. As the VanCampens were changing the tire on the driver's side (left side, closest to the northbound travel lanes) of the car dolly, they were both struck by a northbound 2014 Freightliner commercial truck towing a trailer. The Freightliner was being driven by 56 year old Creal Springs, Illinois resident Tammera Simmons. Clifford VanCampen sustained fatal injuries on scene. Brenda VanCampen was initially transported by ground ambulance to the Johnson County Healthcare Center in Buffalo, Wyoming before being transported by helicopter ambulance to Wyoming Regional Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming. She has been hospitalized from her injuries. Tammera Simmons was not physically injured. Troopers are investigating high wind speeds (35 mph gusts) at the time of the crash as a contributing factor in this crash as Simmons stated to investigators that a strong gust of wind pushed the truck and trailer she was driving into the emergency lane. The location of the VanCampens at the time of the crash is also being investigated to determine if one of the VanCampens was in the travel lane or not at the time of the crash. Potential charges in this crash are pending as the case has been referred to the Johnson County Attorney's Office for review. This crash marked the 45th highway fatality in Wyoming for 2016. In a similar vein, a trooper had pulled over a pick-up on I-80 near Rock Springs yesterday morning. A passing commercial truck failed to maintain its lane and struck the pick-up (which was parked on the shoulder), barely missing the patrol car. The driver of the pick-up sustained minor injuries. The driver of the truck was cited for failing to maintain its lane and not moving over for stopped emergency vehicles, which is against state statute. #dally #oilcity #county17 #news