Five fatalities on Interstate 80 - Arkansas community mourns

Wrong way driver faces several felony charges


February 2, 2023

Courtesy of the Carbon County Sheriff's Department.

Five young people were lost Sunday, January 22. They were returning from a week long visit to a Bible college in Jackson Hole. The five victims were from Pulaski County, Arkansas.

At 6:52 p.m. Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) received a report that a Dodge Ram 3500 was driving east in the westbound lane of Interstate 80– just east of Rawlins. A few minutes later, WHP was notified the wrong-way driver had been in a collision with other vehicles.

The driver, Arthur Nelson of Utah, collided with a semi and a passenger car. A second semi tried to avoid Nelson's vehicle by swerving into the media...

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