Trooper: Semi driver involved in accident did not have commercial driver’s license
August 31, 2013
Steamboat Springs — 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.
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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.
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