A truck driver from Illinois will face negligent homicide and other charges after parking on the shoulder around a curve and forcing a traffic situation that caused a fatality on Interstate 70 in Mesa County last Tuesday. The driver placed put reflective emergency triangles on the interstate two miles east of Debeque at about 2 p.m. after his truck broke down. That forced a car driver to swerve her vehicle into another lane, where it was struck.
During the rollover, a passenger was thrown from the car and died after he was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.
The truck driver was booked into the Mesa County Jail where he faces charges for vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and obstructing a highway.
This fatal accident followed one which has ultimately claimed all four people in a car that crashed into the back of a CDOT truck on I-70A. An elderly couple died at the scene and both teens who were passengers, have subsequently died from their injuries. The state highway truck that was spraying herbicide along I-70 west of Burlington, the Colorado State Patrol said. The truck driver suffered minor injuries.
Both accidents demonstrate how drivers on our Colorado highways must remain ever vigilant. As in each of these incidents, more than half of all accidents involving large trucks and a second vehicle, both vehicles are travelling in a straight path. For more information concerning tractor trailer accidents visit our Tractor Trailer Accidents webpage.