Vehicle totalled in rollover, fire
December 6, 1999
The accident is under investigation and, according to Craig Police Department Capt. Jerry DeLong, the accident was alcohol-related.
It is unknown if Mattern’s vehicle caught fire before, during or after the accident. When officers arrived, the car was engulfed in flames. Mattern escaped from the vehicle and when questioned by officials, said a passenger was in the vehicle. Officials did not find any passengers in the vehicle.
Mattern was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), careless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road and no proof of insurance. He was released from Moffat County Jail on a cash bond.
Officials are investigating whether Mattern was inside the vehicle when the fire began and what caused the fire.
“We have not come up with a reason for the fire,” said Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Roy Mason. “It was unusual. Flames were shooting out of the car when we arrived.”
The man was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Craig Fire/Rescue dispatched three vehicles two pumpers and one light rescue.
The accident occurred at 9:18 p.m. and Craig police were on the scene within minutes, helping extinguish the blaze.
Traffic was diverted from the accident scene on U.S. Highway 40 until almost 11 p.m.