Rollover causes delays on Colorado Highway 13 south of Craig
June 8, 2011
A semi-truck rollover Wednesday on Colorado Highway 13 south of Craig blocked traffic for several hours.
Tonja Cowan, a Colorado State Patrol trooper, said Michael Jones, 64, of Las Vegas, suffered minor injuries in the single-vehicle crash.
Jones was traveling south on the highway at about 10:30 a.m., heading toward Phoenix, when his load of lumber shifted and caused him to lose control of the truck, Cowan said.
The truck struck a guiderail, then veered into the oncoming lane before rolling over, dumping the load onto the highway, and coming to a stop across both lanes of traffic about 14 miles south of Craig.
Some lumber tumbled into the Williams Fork River, Cowan said.
There was also a small fuel leak that was contained by workers from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
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No fuel reached the river, Cowan said.
Jones was treated and released on the scene by EMTs from The Memorial Hospital in Craig.
Neither speed, drugs nor alcohol were factors in the crash, Cowan said.
However, due to an unsafe load, Jones was cited for careless driving, a Class 2 driving misdemeanor, which carries a fine and two points.
Cowan estimated the highway was closed to traffic for five hours.
By Wednesday night, one lane of the highway was open to alternating traffic, while workers from CDOT continued to clear lumber from the roadway.