UPDATE: Crash cleanup complete, guardrail repaired in Wind River Canyon

A reduced speed limit of 30 mph remains in place Monday about 10 miles south of Thermopolis in Wind River Canyon on U.S. 20/Wyoming 789 after a semi-crash this past Thursday, The Wyoming Department of Transportation said in a news release Monday morning. "The speed limit is scheduled to return to 65 mph Tuesday after signs are removed from the area where the semi-truck crashed last Thursday night. Replacement of the destroyed guardrail was completed by Sunday night," said Clint Huckfeldt, Wyoming Department of Transportation area maintenance supervisor. "We appreciate everyone's patience during the delays Friday through Sunday." A semi-truck hauling bulk sugar left the roadway this past Thursday at about 11 p.m., crashed through the guardrail and ended up on the edge of the Wind River over a steep embankment in an area called "Big Windy". The driver of the truck was uninjured except for bumps and bruises; the Wyoming Highway Patrol investigated and cited the truck driver for "driving too fast for conditions." It was slick and snowing when the crash occurred, and a WYDOT plow truck was working inside the canyon. WYDOT was notified of the crash at 11:22 p.m. Thursday. Most of the crashed semi-truck didn't end up in the Wind River, but it iverturned on the steep embankment at milepost 121.8. It took parts of two days to remove the crashed truck and trailers from the river's edge, and during that time, traffic was delayed for up to an hour at a time. The towing effort was complete by Saturday afternoon. Sunday, K's Construction of Otto, Wyo., responded to the crash scene and replaced the destroyed 400-500-foot section of guardrail. "We really appreciate the quick response by K's Construction. They really went above and beyond the call on Sunday to replace the guardrail," Huckfeldt said. "We appreciate their efforts, as they enhanced highway safety with their quick response." WYDOT advises all drivers to monitor road conditions during winter weather, to avoid using cruise control, to always buckle up, and to drive at lower speeds. "Please drive for the road conditions and slow down. That white and black sign translates to the maximum speed allowed by law. It's OK to drive slower than the speed limit," said WYDOT Traffic Engineer Randy Merritt. "It's better to arrive safely at your destination a few minutes late, than not at all." *Feature Photo: This truck loaded with sugar plunged off of the highway in the Wind River Canyon last Thursday night. The truck and debris from nearly 500 feet of guardrail has now been cleaned up, although a lower speed limit is still in effect around the crash scene. (WYODOT / Pitchengine Communities )* *#springcity #county10 #reboot #news *