Single-vehicle rollover crash in Craig closes intersection at US 40, Stock Drive |

Single-vehicle rollover crash in Craig closes intersection at US 40, Stock Drive

A single-vehicle, rollover crash temporarily closed the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Stock Drive near East First Street on Monday, June 4.
Sasha Nelson/staff

Editors Note: This story has been updated.

CRAIG — The intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and East First Street/Stock Drive, has reopened after a single-vehicle rollover crash temporarily closed the intersection for about two hours Monday, June 4.

About 2:30 p.m., a westbound, semi-truck carrying a large, roll-off dumpster apparently attempted a southbound turn onto East First Street — near the old Drive Inn — and rolled, coming to rest just north and west of the railroad tracks and spilling the contents of the roll-off dumpster onto the shoulder of the road, according to Craig Police Department Sergeant Marvin Cameron.

The driver — 35-year-old Craig resident Christopher Backes — and sole occupant of the vehicle was treated at the scene, then transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig for treatment of lacerations to his arm and back.

The wreck did not encroach upon nearby railroad tracks, however, Union Pacific was contacted to prevent trains from using that section of rail during the cleanup and investigation, said Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume.

Backes was wearing a seatbelt at the time and was not ejected from the vehicle.

“We believe speed is a factor and that he will be charged with reckless driving,” Cameron said.

Craig Police Department began the investigation, which was later turned over to the Colorado State Patrol.

The Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Craig Fire Rescue and Memorial Regional Health Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene.

The scene was cleaned up, and the intersection reopened by about 4:45 p.m.

“I would like to thank the Moffat County Sheriff Office, Craig Fire Rescue, Colorado State Patrol Union Pacific and Axis Steele for their assistance for cleaning up the debris,” Cameron said.

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