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.