Hayden's only street sweeper wrecked

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— 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.

- To reach Brandon Gee, call 871-4210

or e-mail bgee@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

JQPUBLIC 7 years, 5 months ago

"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.".... sounds more like reckless driving than an unsafe lane change.

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fish 7 years, 5 months ago

Well I am sure Ray will appreciate you helping him with his job, I am sure that he has never written out a traffic ticket before and will need your input on how to write it up.

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id04sp 7 years, 5 months ago

Go rent, "The Last Picture Show." It could have been worse.

Or maybe not.

In the meantime, why not have the cops close off US 40 on each end of town for about 5 minutes and let convicted MIP violators sweep it up the old fashioned way.

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ex_oakcreek 7 years, 5 months ago

oops, sorry fish, I didn't mean to offend you by having an opinion of my own.... and they say my attitude sucks!

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aufait 7 years, 5 months ago

Why would someone that is an ex oakcreek be such an autority on present oakcreek? You must be wrong!

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