Lumber truck rolls on Highway 40
A semi-truck rollover has temporarily closed both lanes of Highway 40 at the west end of Byers Canyon, according to authorities.
The rollover, which occurred at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday between Parshall and Hot Sulphur Springs, caused the truck to lose its load of lumber and spill fuel on the roadway. The driver suffered only minor injuries and refused medical treatment, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
Fuel from the truck did not reach the Colorado River, which runs through the canyon, according to the sheriff’s office.
Traffic at the scene will be alternated whenever possible. Drivers should not seek detour using County Road 20, the Parshall Divide road, as it has been closed.
The sheriff’s office said the road would likely fully open later Wednesday evening.
Late last month, Jim and Gloria Matthews were preparing to embark on the next chapter of their lives.