Thursday, February 16, 2006
Hayden A Craig man died and a Morrison man was seriously injured Thursday when two trucks collided near Hayden.
The accident happened shortly after 4 p.m. on U.S. Highway 40 less than a mile east of Hayden. Pol----ice were waiting to notify family members and did not release the name of the Craig man who was killed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were no passengers in the trucks.
The Craig man was driving west in a white Ford F250 pickup with a Coca-Cola logo on the side. The truck collided with a large, yellow GMC delivery truck headed east, police said.
Trooper Rick Kaspar of the Colorado State Patrol said the driver of the delivery truck, 36-year-old Dustin Owen Lund, of Morrison, fell asleep and drifted into the westbound lane, hitting the pickup. Lund was not wearing a seat belt, but he was able to crawl out of the truck.
The delivery truck caught fire and was extinguished by passing motorists. Lund was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center complaining of chest pains.
The collision left the two trucks wedged together, and it took workers several hours to remove the Craig man from the pickup.
There were no signs that drugs or alcohol were involved. No citations have been issued, Kaspar said, but the accident is under investigation.
Traffic was reduced to one lane on the highway for several hours after the wreck.
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