CLIFTON, CO – A semi truck driver was killed in Clifton, CO on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 when his tanker truck went out of control and rolled over into the median and crashed.
Clifton is in Mesa County, Colorado in the western part of the state about 259 miles southwest of Boulder, 252 miles southwest of Aurora and 236 miles southwest of Arvada.
The accident happened on the westbound I-70 at mile marker 35 in Clifton just before noon, Wednesday. Several miles before the crash site in DeBeque Canyon, witnesses reported to the Colorado State Patrol that the trucker hit a guard rail and was driving erratically.
About 10 minutes later they received a call that the tanker truck had crashed in the median and rolled over at mile marker 35 in Clifton.
The 52 year-old trucker was ejected from the cab and was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification to relatives.
An article at the KJCT News website reported on the story:
Colorado State Patrol officers were initially responding to a water truck that was seen driving erratically. Within minutes, the truck ran off the right side of the road and when the driver swerved left, the truck rolled into the median.
The semi truck was operated by Stateline Trucking in Fruita, CO. The tanker, which was empty at the time of the accident, was used to haul fracking water. The truck driver had been working there less than a year.
Traffic was shut down in both directions on the Interstate for several hours while police conducted an investigation.
Authorities feel that the accident could have been a lot worse and involved more vehicles. Witnesses said the truck went off the road and back on a couple of times before it crashed.
One eastbound vehicle was hit by debris from the crash, but no occupants sustained any injury. Truck accidents of this type can cause serious brain injury.
The cause of the accident is not known at this time but is currently under investigation. State Troopers are looking at alcohol as a factor in the accident.
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