One dead in I-70 crash; wandering dog allegedly to blame

A SUV appeared to have rear-ended an 18-wheeler with a flatbed trailer on I-70 near Clifton Tuesday morning. Emergency crews were not immediately attempting to rescue the unknown number of passengers in the vehicle.

A 75-year-old Grand Junction man died this morning when he crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer stopped in the right lane of Interstate 70, according to a release from Colorado State Patrol.

An investigation suggests multiple vehicles were stopped on I-70 because a dog was loose on the interstate, the release added. The crash remains under investigation.

Paul Guillory was driving his Nissan Pathfinder eastbound at about 8 a.m. near milepost 35 when he crashed into the tractor-trailer driven by Aurora’s Allan Theriault, 48, who was uninjured.

Guillory was wearing his seat belt. Neither speed or alcohol appear to be factors, the State Patrol said. At this time, no charges have been filed in the fatal crash.

The crash closed the eastbound lanes of I-70 between the Horizon Drive and Clifton exits this morning.


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