Crash sends truck into the Colorado; two men injured

A truck went into the Colorado River Sunday along I-70 eastbound at mile marker 58 in the east end of DeBeque Canyon. The driver was ejected and was transported to an area hospital.

Two men were injured and one vehicle ended up in the Colorado River after a two-vehicle accident Sunday morning on Interstate 70.

Just after 8 a.m., Lynn Rich, 45, from White Rock, Utah, was driving a Chevrolet Silverado truck east between mile markers 57 and 58 when the vehicle hit the rear end of a Ford Ranger truck driven by 43-year-old Ronnie Hajek, of Boulder, Mont., Colorado State Patrol Trooper D.J. Erickson said.

Hajek was in the right lane on I-70 and was going the speed limit, which was 65 mph coming out of the De Beque Canyon, Erickson said.

Rich was attempting to pass Hajek, Erickson said.

When Rich’s truck hit Hajek’s truck, Rich lost control, skidded toward the center guardrail on the left side of eastbound I-70 and went through the guardrail and down an enbankment before the truck landed on its passenger side in the river, Erickson said.

Rich was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital where he was able to speak with Erickson about what happened.

Rich told Erickson he was wearing a seat belt.

Hajek told authorities he was injured but remained on the scene.

Rick was ticketed for careless driving.

Erickson reminded motorists that the speed limit in De Beque Canyon should be observed for safety and because it’s the law.


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