Homicide

60-vehicle crash leaves 2 dead, major trucking corridor in Wyoming closed for 2nd time in week

  • Smoke rises as emergency personnel respond to a a fiery chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyo., on Monday, April 20, 2015. Crews worked Tuesday to reopen Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming where a fiery chain-reaction crash the day before left one person dead and another in custody.  Wreckage from some 60 vehicles involved in the crash was still being removed Tuesday morning. In addition, engineers were assessing damage caused to the pavement by a fire that was started by the crash. (Peter Baumann/Laramie Daily Boomerang via AP)

    Smoke rises as emergency personnel respond to a a fiery chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyo., on Monday, April 20, 2015. Crews worked Tuesday to reopen Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming where a fiery chain-reaction crash the day before left one person dead and another in custody. Wreckage from some 60 vehicles involved in the crash was still being removed Tuesday morning. In addition, engineers were assessing damage caused to the pavement by a fire that was started by the crash. (Peter Baumann/Laramie Daily Boomerang via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Smoke rises as emergency personnel respond to a a fiery chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyo., on Monday, April 20, 2015. Crews worked Tuesday to reopen Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming where a fiery chain-reaction crash the day before left one person dead and another in custody.  Wreckage from some 60 vehicles involved in the crash was still being removed Tuesday morning. In addition, engineers were assessing damage caused to the pavement by a fire that was started by the crash. (Peter Baumann/Laramie Daily Boomerang via AP)

    Smoke rises as emergency personnel respond to a a fiery chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyo., on Monday, April 20, 2015. Crews worked Tuesday to reopen Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming where a fiery chain-reaction crash the day before left one person dead and another in custody. Wreckage from some 60 vehicles involved in the crash was still being removed Tuesday morning. In addition, engineers were assessing damage caused to the pavement by a fire that was started by the crash. (Peter Baumann/Laramie Daily Boomerang via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Smoke rises as emergency personnel respond to a a fiery chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyo., on Monday, April 20, 2015. Crews worked Tuesday to reopen Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming where a fiery chain-reaction crash the day before left one person dead and another in custody.  Wreckage from some 60 vehicles involved in the crash was still being removed Tuesday morning. In addition, engineers were assessing damage caused to the pavement by a fire that was started by the crash. (Peter Baumann/Laramie Daily Boomerang via AP)

    Smoke rises as emergency personnel respond to a a fiery chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 near Laramie, Wyo., on Monday, April 20, 2015. Crews worked Tuesday to reopen Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming where a fiery chain-reaction crash the day before left one person dead and another in custody. Wreckage from some 60 vehicles involved in the crash was still being removed Tuesday morning. In addition, engineers were assessing damage caused to the pavement by a fire that was started by the crash. (Peter Baumann/Laramie Daily Boomerang via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities have dropped an aggravated vehicular homicide charge against a Canadian truck driver involved in a fiery chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80 in southeast Wyoming that killed two people.

Instead, 45-year-old Alex Dragaytsev was cited Tuesday for failure to use caution for hazardous conditions. It carries a $60 fine.

Albany County prosecuting attorney Peggy Trent says he has been released from custody.

Trent says the evidence currently doesn't support the more severe charge, but the crash remains under investigation.

The pileup happened around 8 a.m. Monday about 18 miles west of Laramie in dense fog and light slush. More than 60 vehicles were involved, and traffic was shut down for about 100 miles in both directions.

Eastbound lanes reopened late Monday, and the westbound lanes reopened Tuesday afternoon.