Injured victims of rockfall identified
A Montrose man was in serious condition Wednesday at St. Mary’s Hospital after the pickup in which he was riding was struck by a rock that fell from the walls of De Beque Canyon.
Wayne Fenimore, 28, was the passenger in the truck that was struck by a rock about a mile east of the mouth of the canyon, the Colorado State Patrol said. Fenimore was taken to St. Mary’s by helicopter.
The rockfall stalled traffic in both directions.
The driver, Kelli Bohl, 31, of Rifle, was uninjured, the State Patrol said.
The site of the collision, near mile marker 52, “isn’t a particularly high rockfall area,” said Nancy Shanks of the Colorado Department of Transportation, “but the whole canyon sees some rockfall.”
Crews that cleared the area found several rocks the size of traffic cones, Shanks said.
Witnesses said the rock split into pieces when it crashed down on the freeway.
Three years ago, truck driver Patricia Bradshaw, 53, died when two sandstone slabs fell from the canyon wall just west of mile marker 58.