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CSP investigating truck crash in Moffat County

Road and bridge employee requires extraction by Craig Fire/Rescue

Joe Moylan
A Moffat County road and bridge water truck rests on its side Monday after it rolled off county road 64. The operator of the truck, a county employee, had to be extracted from the cab by Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters, but did not sustain serious injuries.
Mary Austin

Colorado State Patrol is investigating the cause of a one-vehicle crash on Moffat County Road 64, about three miles west of Craig.

According to CSP reports, a Moffat County road and bridge water truck, operated by Les Shirkey, a county employee, drove off CR 64 and rolled into a ditch.

The truck did a three-quarter roll after driving off the road and came to rest on its right side about 30 feet below the roadway, the CSP reported.

Shirkey was reportedly distracted at the time of the crash, CSP officials said, and was reaching for an item in the truck’s cab. He has been cited with careless driving.

The crash occurred about 11 a.m. Monday.

The truck leaked some diesel fuel as a result of the crash, but no waterways were affected, according to CSP officials.

Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters and an ambulance crew from The Memorial Hospital in Craig also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival Chris Olsen, an officer candidate with Craig Fire/Rescue, said Shirkey did not appear to be seriously injured, but was trapped in the truck’s cab.

Firefighters extracted Shirkey by cutting a hole in the roof.

Shirkey was then transported to TMH where he was examined and later released with minor injuries, according to the CSP.

Bill Mack, road and bridge director, said county crews were improving a stretch of CR 207 just north of the crash site.

Shirkey was hauling water to the work site.

Mack could not speculate as to how much it would cost to repair or replace the water truck until a claim could be filed with the county’s insurance company.

He did say the truck involved, a 2011 Peterbilt, was one of the newer vehicles in the road and bridge fleet.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com.

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