Truck carrying cookies and creamer rolls on Rabbit Ears, closes highway
November 13, 2015
Steamboat Springs — Driver inexperience and excessive speed are thought to be factors in a semi truck rollover crash that closed Rabbit Ears Pass for half an hour Friday and littered the highway with a not-so-tasty mix of cookies, coffee creamer and diesel fuel.
The driver was not injured in the crash.
Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Rob Debelack said a hazardous materials cleanup unit would travel to the crash site from Fruita or Glenwood Springs to clean up at least 75 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked from the truck.
The driver was westbound on U.S. Highway 40 when he lost control of the truck on a sharp left curve.
Debelack said it is suspected the driver was going too fast when he lost control of the truck on the downhill stretch of the highway.
The truck and trailer ended up rolling and blocking the road to the Timbers Condominiums, about six miles up the pass from Steamboat Springs.
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Debelack said residents at the Timbers were able to use a gravel road on the other side of the condominium complex to get in and out while the truck blocked the main access.
He added the truck and trailer were set to have been removed from the site sometime Friday evening.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, the Steamboat Springs Police Department, the Routt County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol tended to the crash.
Road conditions were good at the time of the accident.