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Pickup driver killed in Tuesday afternoon crash on U.S. Highway 40 near Muddy Pass

Staff Report

A Colorado Department of Transportation camera shows road conditions along U.S. 40 near Muddy Pass Tuesday evening.

A male driver was killed in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40, according to a news release from Colorado State Patrol.

At about 2:12 p.m., troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 40 near milepost 159 in Grand County, about 24 miles west of Kremmling.

A silver 2002 Chevrolet K2500 pickup driven by Jason Christensen, 36, of White Rocks, Utah, was traveling eastbound, driving off the left side of the road at a high rate of speed for a yet-unknown reason.

The Colorado Department of Transportation had paving equipment parked on the wide paved shoulder. A CDOT asphalt paving roller was parked on the far edge of the pull out. The silver 2002 Chevrolet collided head-on with the parked paving roller. Christensen, the truck’s only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol. Speed may be a contributing factor, but at this time it is unknown if impairment is a factor to the crash.

The Colorado State Patrol would like to remind drivers to always wear seatbelts, and don't drink and drive.

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Assisting agencies included Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Kremmling Fire, Grand County EMS, CDOT and Grand County Coroner.

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