No injuries reported in rollover semi crash
May 13, 2016
Steamboat Springs — No one was hurt Friday when a semi rolled over on U.S. Highway 40 on Rabbit Ears Pass.
Colorado State Patrol troopers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were dispatched to the crash at about 5:20 a.m.
CSP Cpl. Rob Debelak said the semi was headed west toward Steamboat Springs when it rolled off the right side of the road and into an embankment while going around a curve.
"It looks like speed is the factor in the crash," Debelak said.
Passing cars were able to travel around the crash.
The 32-year-old Aurora man who was driving the RAC Transport semi was not hurt and was ticketed for careless driving.
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The crash occurred below the Timbers Condos in a curve that has become notorious for semi rollovers, with several such accidents happening each year.
There are signs cautioning drivers about the upcoming curves and instructing them to go five miles below the 50 mph speed limit. Still, the curves catch some inexperienced drivers by surprise.
"I don't think they realize how many curves there are and how steep the grade is," Debelak said.
A CSP trooper who specializes in hazardous materials was at the crash scene Friday, along with a company that handles environmental cleanup.
Debelak said a small amount of diesel fuel spilled.
Workers drained the remaining diesel from the semi and removed contaminated soil. Work was expected to continue throughout the day Friday.
The truck was carrying various items, including dry ice, paint and wood. Workers also removed materials from the truck.