Hayden A collision between a semitrailer and Hayden's lone street-sweeping vehicle Tuesday morning has taken the street sweeper out of service. Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin estimated it would be a month before the vehicle is repaired and available for use.
Hayden police Chief Ray Birch said the accident occurred at about 8 a.m. on Jefferson Avenue (U.S. Highway 40) near Third Street when a semitrailer from a local trucking outfit tried to pass the street-sweeper. Birch said the truck almost was involved in a head-on collision with traffic in the left lane before steering back to the right and sideswiping the street-sweeper. Police cited the truck's driver for an unsafe lane change, Birch said.
Significant damage was done to the street-sweeper. Martin said the town will get a damage estimate in the next few days and that the vehicle probably will have to go to Grand Junction for repairs. He said it would be a month or so before it is back in service.
"The truck basically tore off the wings on it," Martin said.
The vehicle had finished sweeping the streets when the accident occurred. Barring a dust storm, Martin said the town should be fine while the street-sweeper is repaired.
"We're feeling pretty good that we got the streets swept before it happened," Martin said.
Birch said the incident highlights the need for drivers to be patient and safe as Hayden grows and traffic on U.S. Highway 40 increases through town.
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