Oregon truck driver dies in crash on Teton Pass

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Associated Press

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 6:31 AM

WILSON, Wyo. (AP) — A truck driver from Oregon was killed in a crash after his brakes failed while descending Teton Pass in northwestern Wyoming.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said 36-year-old Jay P. Winn of Hines, Ore. was pulling a car crusher down the pass on Sunday when he lost control of his 1973 Peterbilt semi-trailer. He went off the right side of the road on the outskirts of the town of Wilson.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the investigation found that the truck was nearly 30,000 pounds overweight.

The pass has a 60,000-pound weight limit because of its sharp curves and steep grades. Runaway trucks have been an ongoing problem there.

The portion of road where Winn lost his brakes has a 10 percent grade.

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