Emergency responders pour water on a hot spot in the wreckage of a tractor-trailer Thursday morning near Colowyo Mine. Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters arrived on the scene about 9:30 a.m. and found the vehicle engulfed in flames, Battalion Chief Dennis Jones said.

Emergency responders pour water on a hot spot in the wreckage of a tractor-trailer Thursday morning near Colowyo Mine. Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters arrived on the scene about 9:30 a.m. and found the vehicle engulfed in flames, Battalion Chief Dennis Jones said.

Patrol: Speed possible factor in Thursday crash in Moffat County

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Colorado State Patrol officials are investigating excessive speed as the possible cause of a rollover that killed a man Thursday near Colowyo Mine, Cpl. Robert Roberts said.

Donald Lloyd O’Neil, 62, of the Price, Utah, area, was traveling northbound on Moffat County Road 51 at 8:50 a.m. Thursday, hauling a cargo tank trailer of crude oil, the state patrol reported in a news release.

He was approaching an intersection with C.R. 32 but was unable to negotiate a curve in the road.

“The tractor and trailer rolled one-quarter time onto its left side, sliding across the roadway and bursting into flames,” the release stated.

The one-car wreck was called in at 9:04 a.m. and took place at the intersection of Moffat County Roads 51 and 32, according to a news release from Craig Fire/Rescue.

Dennis Jones, battalion chief with Craig Fire/Rescue, said firefighters, including him, arrived on the scene at about 9:30 a.m. By the time they arrived, he said, the car was engulfed in flames.

The roadway was dry at the time of the crash, according to the state patrol.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are considered factors in the wreck, Roberts said.

He added that the speed O’Neil was traveling had not been determined as of Friday morning.

“The accident reconstruction technician is still doing a speed workup at this time,” Roberts said.

O’Neil was driving for BT Express Global Services, a trucking company based in Vernal, Utah, Roberts said.

No passengers were in the vehicle at the time of the rollover, he added.

O’Neil was in the truck at the time of death. An autopsy is pending.

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Donald J Kaleta 3 years ago

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