A Wyoming State Highway Patrol trooper stationed in Cody had to be extricated from his vehicle after colliding with a truck in Park County on Monday.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says just after 2 p.m., Trooper Rodney Miears was driving east-bound on U.S. Highway 14/16/20 near milepost 33 at the entrance of the Yellowstone Valley Inn west of Cody.    

Meanwhile, James Friede of Billings, Mont., was driving a commercial truck with a trailer in the opposite direction. Friede, 27, was making a left turn into the Inn, but failed to yield to traffic in the opposite lane of travel.

Miears swerved to the right to avoid a head-on collision, but still hit the truck. His vehicle fell into a ditch and he was pinned inside his vehicle.

Miears was pulled from his vehicle by fire and rescue crews. He was taken to West Park Hospital, treated for injuries, and released.

Miears and Friede were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
Friede was cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic while making a left turn.

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