Sep 5, 2012 The Associated Press

Truck crash kills couple

BUFFALO -- Two people are dead after a heavily loaded semi-trailer lost its brakes on a steep slope on the eastern flanks of the Bighorn Mountains.The Wyoming Highway Patrol identifies the victims as driver 60-year-old Robert D. Moffitt and passenger 58-year-old Margaret S. Moffitt, both of Leesburg, Fla.

Robert Moffitt was driving the semi-trailer loaded with sacks of bentonite early Tuesday evening when it lost its brakes coming down Powder River Pass.

The rig smashed through a guardrail and dropped 150 feet into Mosier Gulch, about 4 miles west of the town of Buffalo.

Body found in canal

MITCHELL, Neb. -- Authorities say the body of a missing Wyoming man has been found in a Nebraska Panhandle irrigation canal.

The Nebraska State Patrol says a person passing by the Pathfinder Irrigation Canal reported the body around 8 p.m. Monday. The canal is north of Mitchell, in Sioux County.

The body was identified as that of 49-year-old Joseph Salazar, of Torrington. His wife reported earlier Monday that he was missing.

An autopsy has been scheduled as part of the investigation.

Torrington is 22 miles northwest of Mitchell.

Work to start on power line

PINEDALE -- Work is expected to start soon on a new 24-mile long power line to the Pinedale Anticline oil and gas field after federal land managers said it would cause no significant environmental impacts.

The Bureau of Land Management released its finding on Tuesday.

The power line would allow energy companies to convert some of their facilities from internal combustion engines and generators to electric power, reducing pollution.

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