Driver dies in Vail crash |

Driver dies in Vail crash

VAIL, Colorado ” A Front Range man died Monday after his van struck a construction truck that had pulled out of an emergency turnaround on Interstate 70 near East Vail.

John Quinby, 33, of Hudson, was driving westbound at 4:27 a.m. when his van collided with the fuel truck one mile west of the East Vail exit. Quinby died at the scene, County Coroner Kara Bettis said.

The fuel truck, driven by a 33-year-old man from Canon City, was part of the Department of Transportation paving work that has been happening at night all summer.

A third vehicle, driven by a 54-year-old male from Fruita, then collided with the van. The driver of the fuel truck and the driver of the third vehicle were taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center.

Westbound I-70 was closed from 4:49 a.m. to 10 a.m. Traffic was routed onto the frontage road.

The accident remains under investigation. It has not been determined whether any charges will be filed, said Detective Sgt. Craig Bettis of the Vail Police Department.

This is the second fatal accident in two years that’s occured during the paving project, which is making its way through Vail.

Construction had brought traffic to a standstill when a seven-car pileup occurred last August on Interstate 70 in West Vail. An Eagle man died as a result of the wreck.

This year, the Department of Transportation is doing the project at night to minimize traffic disruptions.

Another fatal wreck happened last year at almost the same location as Monday’s accident. On Oct. 19, a trucker from Los Angeles was struck and killed while removing his snow chains.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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