Injuries ‘non-threatening’ for driver in Loma accident

The driver of a pickup which collided with a Kenworth trailer this morning near Loma was hospitalized with serious, but non life-threatening injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Michael Barnes, 45, of Grand Junction, was wearing his seatbelt and had to be extricated from his 1999 Dodge Ram after it slammed into a 2007 Kenworth rear-dump trailer driven by 44-year-old Dale Tweedy of Grand Junction near the intersection of 13 and O 1/2 roads. The crash was reported around 8:40 a.m.

Barnes’ truck was hauling a horse trailer packed with personal belongings, but no livestock.

State Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker said investigation showed the Kenworth was pulling out from a residence at 1676 13 Road and attempting to turn south on Colorado Highway 139. In doing so, it turned in front of Barnes’ truck, which was northbound on 139. The highway was closed one hour as emergency responders worked to clear Barnes from his mangled truck.

Neither alcohol, drugs or excessive speed are suspected contributing factors, Baker said.

Tweedy was treated for unspecified injuries at St. Mary’s Hospital and ticketed on suspicion of careless driving causing injury.




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