A local woman and her driving test passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle they were riding in after they collided with a semi-tractor trailer in Lovell Tuesday.
The crash at the intersection of Main and Shoshone happened just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to Lovell Police Officer Noe Garcia.
Andrea Clark, 31, of Byron was driving west on Main with Wyoming Dept. of Motor Vehicles officer Tamera Jean Clark, 52, in the front passenger seat when she turned left onto Shoshone and into the path of a McGarvin-Moberly truck driven by Scott Scheuerman, 54, of Worland, Garcia said.
The truck was traveling around 15-20 miles per hour, Garcia said, having slowed because of work being performed by a Wyoming Dept. of Transportation crew installing signal lights at the intersection. A WyDOT bucket truck was parked on the inside eastbound lane of Main Street.
“He didn’t have time to do anything,” Garcia said of the semi driver. “The car darted in front of him.”
The truck struck the 1997 Oldsmobile Cutless on the passenger side and pushed the car several feet, Garcia said. Lovell police officers Garcia and Kurt Dobbs responded immediately, and Dobbs worked to give immediate medical attention to the two women, who were trapped inside the car.
The Lovell Volunteer Fire Dept. responded quickly and worked to extricate the two from the vehicle. Both were transported to North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell with what Garcia said were non-life-threatening injuries. At the scene, firemen and EMTs used a covering to shield the two from windshield glass from the extrication.
Andrea Clark was transported on to the Billings Clinic for surgery to repair ligament damage to her right knee, according to a family friend.
Firemen removed the roof and three of the car’s four doors in order to extricate the driver and passenger. Scheuerman was not injured, Garcia said, and all three people involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts, he said.
Garcia said Andrea Clark will be issued a citation for failing to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic.
By David Peck