Alcohol suspected in Highway 13 collision death north of Craig
A man lost his life Monday night in a head-on collision north of Craig on Colorado Highway 13 near mile post 111.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gary Cutler said the agency responded to the collision about 10 p.m. April 29 to find a GMC Sierra truck and a semi truck hauling lumber had collided.
Upon investigation, Cutler said the GMC was traveling southbound when it crossed the center line into the northbound lane and struck the semi, which rolled into the east side of the road before coming to rest.
The GMC driver was declared deceased at the scene and the driver and passenger of the semi, who were wearing seatbelts, suffered little or no injuries, according to Cutler.
The driver was identified Wednesday as William Walker, 63, of Trinity, Alabama, and troopers said the cause of death may be related to impairment.
“It looks like alcohol is suspected,” Cutler said.
CSP Capt. Doug Conrad, Craig’s local trooper, further confirmed alcohol may have been a contributor to the collision.
“It is believed to be a contributing factor,” Conrad said. “But that confirmation will have to come from toxicology through an autopsy.”
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