Trucker in intensive care after Wolcott I-70 rollover |

Trucker in intensive care after Wolcott I-70 rollover

Dustin Racioppidracioppi@vaildaily.comEagle County, CO Colorado
NWS cemi roll over KA 12-02-08

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado A driver for a Grand Junction supply company is being treated in trauma unit at Vail Valley Medical Center after surviving a rollover on Interstate 70 near Wolcott Tuesday afternoon, according to Colorado State Patrol. Trooper Steve Nofziger said the man, whose identity has not yet been released, was speeding westbound on the interstate around 1:46 p.m. when he lost control of the tractor-trailer he was driving for Western Slope Iron & Supply. The force of the swerving caused the trailer carrying I-beams to head to the right and the cab he was driving to veer left and crash, Nofziger said. The I-beams and steel scattered the highway while the damage to the red cab looked like a crumpled accordian. The driver was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center. Hes lucky to be alive, Nofziger said. No other motorists were hurt in the accident. The interstate was closed for about three and a half hours.

Around the same time as the trailer accident, people driving over Vail Pass were having difficulty navigating black ice on the road. Trooper Eugene Hofacker responded to two minor accidents around 1 p.m. When he was heading back west on the interstate, around 2 p.m., he saw a Ford van had flipped over and hit the guard rail. The driver wasnt hurt despite the van landing on its roof. He walked out of the vehicle as I rolled up on scene, Hofacker said. It wasnt until then that the Colorado Department of Transportation laid down magnesium chloride to help road conditions, which, until that point, Hofacker said, seemed normal. It just looked a little wet, it didnt even look icy to an experienced driver, he said. For one oclock in the afternoon, it definitely caught people off guard.Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or

Support Local Journalism