A scary situation on a windy and snow covered highway in southern Wyoming, could have been much worse for one Highway Patrol Trooper.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says at around 1:40pm on Monday (January 7th), the unidentified trooper was assisting a stranded motorist on US Highway 287 at milepost 4 just north of Rawlins.

An empty tractor trailer going in the opposite direction, was passing by when the driver lost control and the trailer ended up hitting the trooper's patrol car.

The trooper was in the vehicle at the time and was wearing his seat-belt.

The incident happened during a time when WYDOT had issued an extreme blow over risk, for light and high profile vehicles in the area.