The Sand Turn scenic turnout located on US 14 west of Dayton will be temporarily closed to traffic.
The closure is due to an accident that occurred Aug. 12. According to a WYDOT news release, a semi-truck lost use of its brakes and hit the majority of the guardrail along the turnout when coming to a stop.
According to Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Louis Tegdesch, the driver had stopped at the brake check station prior to heading down the mountain and reported that there were no issues at that time.
The driver was wearing his seatbelt which resulted in only minor injuries including scrapes and bruises.
WYDOT will begin repairs on the guardrail Monday and hope to have the work completed by the end of next week. Water barriers are in place at both entrances to keep traffic from entering the turnout. Signage indicating its closure will also be put into place notifying motorists of its temporary closure.
WYDOT and the Wyoming Highway Patrol remind all motorists to check their brakes prior to heading down US 14 or any mountain pass within Wyoming’s highway system and to always wear your seat belt.