Woman dead in I-70 crash
DOWD JUNCTION ” The driver of a FedEx tractor trailer died early Wednesday morning when her truck slid on ice on Interstate 70 and spilled low-grade explosives on an embankment just above Highway 6, the Colorado State Patrol reported.
The nearly 300 pounds of explosives did not detonate, but the Colorado State Patrol cordoned off the area to protect passing motorists from a possible ignition. A hazardous material crew showed up shortly after 10:30 a.m. to secure the explosives.
The driver ” Clifton, Co. resident Colleen Marie Jones, 53 ” was pronounced dead at the crash by Eagle County Deputy Coroner Donna Barns.
The accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. just west of Dowd Junction in Eagle-Vail, Trooper Rick Kaspar said. Jones lost control in left curve in the westbound lanes because of her speed and ice on the roadway, authorities said.
The truck and its two trailers skidded off the roadway, crashed through the guardrail and rolled down the slope above Highway 6, according to the patrol. The crumpled vehicle and trailers landed vertically on the embankment.
A FedEx spokeswoman did not say what route the woman was driving.
“At this point we extend our deepest sympathies to friends, family and coworkers of the driver,” said the spokeswoman, Debra Phillips. “Ninety percent of our shipments deliver next day so most of our drivers return to their homes each day.”
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