Rock through woman’s windshield reported on U.S. Highway 40 |

Rock through woman’s windshield reported on U.S. Highway 40

Zach Fridell

— A boulder about 8 to 10 inches in diameter fell Sunday into the windshield of a Craig woman driving the same stretch of U.S. Highway 40 where Karen Lynn Evanoff was killed in March by a falling rock.

Megan Armstrong said she was driving back home to Craig on Sunday afternoon when the rock smashed into her windshield. She said it was about the same spot east of Hayden where Evanoff was killed.

Armstrong said the rock didn't break through her windshield but caused it to cave in and made it difficult to see. She said she reported the crash to the Colorado State Patrol, who did not take a report and told her to drive home. Armstrong said pieces of shattered glass fell into her car but that she was able to keep it under control, slow down and safely drive out of the Mount Harris canyon.

Colorado Department of Transportation workers removed loose rocks from the area after the fatal March incident, CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said. Shanks said CDOT did not know about the rock that hit Armstrong's car Sunday.

Shanks said there are no immediate plans for additional rock removal in the area. She said workers had seen goat or sheep tracks on the cliff area when working in the area, and the animals could have knocked the rock down. Another possible cause is the freeze/thaw cycle jarring rocks loose.

Shanks said any time an incident is reported, crews will take a fresh look at the area to determine whether additional mitigation work is needed.

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