Edwards man dies in I-70 collision | VailDaily.com

Edwards man dies in I-70 collision

Christine Ina Casillas

Edwards resident J. Francisco Carrillo, 50, died Wednesday when the truck he was driving collided with another truck on Interstate 70 at Dowd Junction.

Carrillo apparently was traveling westbound when his 1995 GMC dump truck slammed into a 2004 Sterling box truck, driven by 63-year-old Winston Batsford of Woodstock, Ontario, said Sgt. Mark Mason with the Colorado State Patrol.

“The front of the GMC was completely totalled,” Mason said. “The Sterling suffered moderate to heavy damage to its right rear.”

Batsford apparently was stopped in traffic in the right lane just west of the Minturn exit at mile marker 170 when Carrillo hit him, Mason said.

Carrillo apparently skidded 380 feet before colliding into the right-rear of the box truck, he said.

“Based on a preliminary investigation, we think that (Carrillo) was speeding,” he said.

After the collision, both trucks skidded an additional 83 feet, resting in the left lane, facing west, he said.

“The Sterling rotated clockwise, resting perpendicular to the (dump truck),” he said. “Carrillo was killed instantly.”

The drivers were wearing seatbelts, he said, and neither drugs nor alcohol are not believed to have been factors.

The first emergency call to dispatchers went out at about 3:26 p.m., he said, and highway patrol closed the interstate at 4:27, rerouting traffic through Avon on U.S. Highway 6. The roads reopened Wednesday at about 7:18 p.m., he said.

“There was pretty good damage to the trucks,” he said. “Reportedly, there were cars hitting the Sterling from behind.”

Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607 or at ccasillas@vaildaily.com.

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