Steamboat Springs Alcohol and prescription drug use might have been contributing factors in a single-vehicle rollover crash that resulted in the death of a Phippsburg man early Monday morning, according to a news release issued by the Colorado State Patrol.
Andy Gillmore, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene after the 1993 Nissan pickup he was driving traveled off Colorado Highway 131 and rolled over near milepost 44 about 25 miles south of Steamboat Springs. The crash occurred at about 3:30 a.m., and the highway was closed for about four hours. Traffic was detoured around the scene using Routt County Roads 17 and 21 during the ensuing investigation. The highway reopened just before 8:30 a.m. Monday.
The State Patrol report indicated the pickup traveled off the west side of the highway, rotated counterclockwise and started to roll over. The vehicle then re-entered the roadway and went off the east side of the road where it rolled one and three-fourths times before coming to rest on the driver’s side.
Gillmore, the State Patrol report said, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. He was driving alone in the Nissan and was wearing a seat belt. Next of kin have been notified.
The cause of the crash still is under investigation; however, the State Patrol report indicated that alcohol and prescription drug use are suspected to be contributing factors.
The Yampa Fire Protection District responded to the scene, provided emergency medical services and assisted the Colorado Department of Transportation with traffic control. The Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Routt County Coroner’s Office also were on scene and assisted with the investigation.
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