Alcohol suspected as contributing factor in rollover accident on US Highway 40 west of Craig |

Alcohol suspected as contributing factor in rollover accident on US Highway 40 west of Craig

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Officers responded to a one car rollover accident Friday afternoon on Highway 40, near mile marker 78, west of Craig. The call for the accident came in at 2:19 p.m. As of 4 p.m. the accident was still under investigation and the driver had been removed from the car and taken to the hospital. The Craig Daily Press will update information as it becomes available.
Nate Waggenspack

— A New Mexico man, who is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, flipped his Subaru station wagon Friday afternoon at mile marker 78 on U.S. Highway 40 west of Craig.

Police and fire agencies on the scene removed the unidentified man from his vehicle with Jaws of Life, and he then was rushed by ambulance to The Memorial Hospital in Craig. The man is alive, but his condition was unknown as of press time.

Officials were paged at 2:17 p.m. Friday for the one-car rollover accident.

“Alcohol was suspected,” Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Rob Debelak said. “His license plate was from New Mexico, but we’re still unsure of his identity at this point.”

No tire marks were present on the highway, he said.

“If he was under the influence, he could’ve been speeding or just not paying attention, basically,” Debelak said. “We’re still investigating, so we’re not sure yet.”

It appeared the car had rolled multiple times, Craig Fire Chief Bill Johnston said.

Craig Fire/Rescue, The Memorial Hospital ambulance service, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Colorado State Patrol were on the scene.

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