Friday, September 18, 2009
Steamboat Springs A 68-year-old Texas trucker was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center in stable condition and cited for careless driving after an accident Thursday evening on the western side of Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S. Highway 40.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brett Hilling said Gus M. Schwander, of Venus, Texas, apparently lost control of the truck he was driving at about 8:25 p.m. near The Timbers development as he descended Rabbit Ears Pass. Hilling said speed was a factor in the crash.
Schwander's truck was full of sand at the time of the crash and tipped onto its right side. A small amount of the sand was spilled onto the highway, Hilling said, and cleanup efforts continued at 11:45 p.m. Thursday.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders, Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies responded. U.S. 40 was closed for about an hour as Schwander was extricated and taken to the hospital, Hilling said. Westbound traffic was backed up during that time because there was no way to divert it, and eastbound traffic was directed down Colorado Highway 131.
There were no passengers in the truck, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.