Trucker seriously injured in collision with I-70 bridge near Dotsero
Ryan Summerlin August 20, 2014
DOTSERO — A Grand Junction man was seriously injured Tuesday night when the bed of the dump truck he was driving was in the up position and crashed into an Interstate 70 bridge.
About 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Steven Bounds, 53, was driving a large construction dump truck eastbound on U.S. Highway 6 near Dotsero.
The Colorado State Patrol’s initial investigation indicates that the dump was in the lifted and up position when Bounds attempted to drive under the I-70 overpass near westbound exit 133. The dump collided with the bridge.
The dump immediately severed from the truck. After the collision, the truck continued for approximately 300 feet, with Bounds on board.
Bounds was transported to Vail Valley Medical Center with serious injuries and later airlifted to Denver Health, where he is listed in critical condition.
CRASH UNDER INVESTIGATION
Details of the crash are still under investigation. It appears as though Bounds was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, the State Patrol said.
The Colorado Department of Transportation responded to the scene and determined the I-70 bridge was still safe to drive on, although engineers will continue to monitor the structure’s integrity.