Man crushed by truck is listed in stable condition


A Maybell man who was pinned by a semi-tractor frame Wednesday as he tried to change the vehicle's tires was listed in critical condition this morning at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

At about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday the rear frame of the rig collapsed on Michael Noonan, 64, of Maybell, who was working on the truck at Wagner Construction Co.

Noonan received serious head injuries.

Moffat County Sheriff's deputies and Craig Police Department officers, members of Craig Fire/Rescue and The Memorial Hospital Emergency Response Team were called to the scene but Noonan had already been pulled out from underneath the truck.

"I believe coworkers pulled him out he was out when we got there," Craig Fire Chief Roy Mason said. "He was out, he was breathing and the ambulance crew was on scene."

Jay Wagner of Wagner Construction said he was not prepared to comment on the incident this morning.

Mason said Wednesday that it appeared Noonan had lost a considerable amount of blood from his injuries.

Chief Investigator K.C. Hume of the Moffat County Sheriff's office said his agency has labeled the incident an accident based on the initial investigation.

Hume said an investigation is ongoing.

Noonan arrived at The Memorial Hospital at approximately 11:40 a.m. with head injuries,

TMH Community Relations Director Pam Thompson said.

After the extent of these injuries had been evaluated, it was determined Noonan should be flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

A Flight For Life helicopter was not immediately available, so Noonan was transported to St. Mary's by an airplane later Wednesday afternoon, Thompson said.

His wife, Betty Noonan, accompanied him on the flight out of Craig/Moffat County Airport.

The sheriff's office arranged for Betty Noonan to be transported from her job in Steamboat Springs to the airport by the Colorado State Patrol, Hume said.

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