Two-by-fours littered U.S. Highway 40 on Friday after a semitrailer lost control while going around a corner about 14 miles west of Kremmling.

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Two-by-fours littered U.S. Highway 40 on Friday after a semitrailer lost control while going around a corner about 14 miles west of Kremmling.

Trooper: Semi driver involved in accident did not have commercial driver's license

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— The driver of a semi that crashed Friday and shut down U.S. Highway 40 for two hours did not have a commercial driver's license, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The crash occurred shortly after 10 a.m. about 14 miles west of Kremmling.

According to a press release prepared by Sgt. Scott Elliott, the truck was traveling west, entered a left-hand curve and rolled onto its right side and down an embankment. A full trailer load of two-by-fours came off the trailer and littered the area.

“Excessive speed and driver inexperience are both contributing factors,” Elliott said.

It took emergency responders 2 1/2 hours to get the driver and passenger out of the semi. They were airlifted to a Denver hospital.

The driver, 21-year-old Mateo Zamora-Cuaxilotl, of California, only had minor injuries. He was cited for careless driving causing bodily injury and numerous commercial motor vehicle violations, including driving without a commercial driver’s license.

The passenger, 50-year-old Hernan Lopez, of California, sustained moderate, non-life-threatening injuries, Elliott said. Lopez was cited for permitting an unlicensed person to drive a vehicle.

The load of lumber was picked up in Parshall and cleaned up at the accident scene by Dillon Towing & Recovery, which worked through the night.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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Comments

David Moore 11 months ago

So, the passenger gets a ticket because the driver did not have the proper license? Did the passenger own the truck? Seems odd.

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Gaylan Hellyer 11 months ago

Passenger has a CDL and was allowing a non-certified person operate the truck. They were both issued tickets. After watching them load the guys on gurneys and into separate helicopters I'm relieved it wasn't worse. With the amount of emergency response vehicles that were there I thought for sure it was a head-on.

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