- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2020

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Transportation established a temporary system of safety barrels to prevent runaway trucks and other vehicles from going off the side of a high mountain road.

The transportation department has set up the system of barrels on Highway 22 in the Teton Pass near Jackson, The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported.

The containers filled with sand are meant to slow and eventually stop an out-of-control vehicle and can be replaced after an accident.

The system known as a sand barrel array cost about $75,000 will be used until the department can finalize a permanent solution.

A “catchnet” system previously used in the pass has been out of service since September 2019 when a truck hauling logs sailed through without stopping until reaching the last of several nets.

Teton Pass is one of the shortest highway stretches in Wyoming, yet it is one of the most costly for the the transportation department to maintain because of its rugged terrain, severe weather and high volume of traffic.

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