One dead after box truck crash on U.S. Highway 40 near Granby |

One dead after box truck crash on U.S. Highway 40 near Granby

Craig Press staff report

GRAND COUNTY — One person died and another suffered traumatic injuries following a crash that occurred Saturday evening on U.S. Highway 40 near Parshall in Grand County.

A large yellow 2012 International box truck, driven by Justin Schwear, 19, of Wheatridge, was eastbound on U.S. 40 near milepost 195 — about one mile west of Parshall — when he drove off the right side of the roadway for more than 250 feet before colliding with numerous trees, according to a news release issued Sunday by Colorado State Patrol.

“The truck ended up in the eastbound lane, facing westbound, after sustaining tremendous damage,” according to the release.

Schwear's passenger, Terren Spitz, 19, also of Wheatridge, sustained traumatic injuries. He later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at Middle Park Medical Center in Granby.

The crash is under investigation by law enforcement.

Speed and impairment are not suspected as contributing factors. The roadway was dry at the time of the crash, and no adverse weather conditions were noted in the immediate area.

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Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Grand County Emergency Medical Service, Grand County Coroner's office, Hot Sulphur Fire and Colorado Department of Transportation responded to the incident.