Photo by Bridget Manley
Wreckage from a tractor-trailer crash littered the road at the intersection of Moffat County roads 51 and 32 on Thursday morning near Colowyo Mine. The driver, an adult male, died on the scene.
Friday, November 25, 2011
At a glance ...
• Driver pronounced dead in tractor-trailer rollover Thursday near Colowyo Mine.
• The name, age and residence of the adult male could not be confirmed Thursday.
• The tractor-trailer was hauling a tanker believed to contain crude oil.
• The crash sparked a wildland fire that consumed less than an acre.
A tractor-trailer rollover Thursday morning near Colowyo Mine left one man dead and sparked a wildland fire, officials from Craig Fire/Rescue and the Colorado State Patrol reported.
The one-vehicle wreck was called in at 9:04 a.m. and took place at the intersection of Moffat County roads 51 and 32, according to a news release from Craig/Fire Rescue.
The driver, an adult male, died on the scene, Trooper Heather Cobler, a State Patrol public information officer, wrote in an email.
The name, age and residence of the driver could not be confirmed Thursday afternoon.
Dennis Jones, battalion chief with Craig Fire/Rescue, said firefighters, including him, arrived on the scene at about 9:30 a.m. By the time they arrived, he said, the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames.
It’s believed the driver lost control as he drove around a corner, said Lt. Matt Beckett of Craig Fire/Rescue.
The vehicle was towing a tanker trailer carrying what may have been crude oil, Cobler said, although the substance had not been positively identified Thursday afternoon. The substance caught fire in the wreck and started a small wildland fire, which was extinguished by noon.
The blaze burned less than an acre around the truck, Beckett said.
Crews from the Colorado State Patrol, State Patrol Hazmat team, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and Moffat County Hazmat Team also responded to the scene, he added.
The Memorial Hospital’s ambulance service was called out to the scene, but no one was transported to the hospital.
As of Thursday, it was unknown if any passengers were in the vehicle.
The extent of the fire made it difficult to piece together details of the crash, responders said.
Crews were unable to determine what company the truck was driving for or what type of vehicle it was because the fire had effaced all identifying marks.
“It’s an unfortunate accident,” Jones said, “especially on a holiday.”
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