Semi rolls on Highway 131 near Bond |

Semi rolls on Highway 131 near Bond

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

STATE BRIDGE, Colorado – A semi truck rolled over on Highway 131 on Friday morning, but no one was hurt, police said.

The State Patrol was notified of the crash, which occurred at mile post 17, at about 6:50 a.m.

The driver of the truck was traveling southbound on Highway 131 when it entered a sweeping left-hand curve in the road. The semi started off of the right side of the road and the driver steered hard to the left, causing the trailer to lose control to the right side, police said. The trailer then rolled over on its right side, colliding with a guardrail 6 feet from the road’s edge, according to the State Patrol.

The semi truck then rolled onto its right side and travelled 222 feet on top of the guardrail and down a steep embankment before coming to final rest on its top, authorities said. The truck came to a stop on its top, blocking the southbound lanes. The trailer, still attached, came to rest on its top down the steep embankment.

The semi truck and trailer, belonging to RAC Transport, were hauling bagged potting soil and planting material, which stayed inside the trailer.

The driver, 40-year-old Victor Leslie Smith, of Brighton, was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.

Alcohol and or drugs are not suspected to be contributing factors in the cause of the crash, although falling asleep or other distractions are considered to be a contributing factor in the investigation, police said.

The Colorado State Patrol, Eagle Fire Department, and the Colorado Department of Transportation responded to the scene. Big Steve’s Towing responded to the scene for the recovery of the vehicle.

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