Beer truck driver accused of DUI in rollover crash

A Loveland man was issued a summons Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving after his tractor-trailer careened off Interstate 70. The wreck started a brush fire and shut down westbound traffic for several hours, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Dale A. Van Vuren, 49, was westbound with a trailer loaded with beer when the semi went off the road around 9:40 p.m. near the interchange with Colorado Highway 65, troopers said. The semi struck the median wall, rolled onto its left side and slid down the roadway.

The truck, owned by Loveland-based Slager Trucking, ended up blocking both westbound lanes, which were closed for six hours, troopers said. Sparks from the sliding semi started a fire that engulfed the truck and started a wildfire near the side of the road.

Palisade firefighters extinguished the fire in 30 minutes.

Van Vuren, whose beer load was being transported from Loveland to Grand Junction, was arrested and released with a summons to the Colorado West Mental Health detox facility, trooper Don Moseman said.

Moseman said Van Vuren consented to a blood-alcohol test, but the results won’t be known for several weeks. He said there was no indication Van Vuren had consumed any of the alcohol he was transporting.

The trooper estimated the semi was hauling 40,000 pounds of product.


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