Man dies when truck plunges into river

A tow truck pulls a Dodge Ram out of the Colorado River after it hit the guard rail and flipped out of the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the mile marker 57 at the east end of DeBeque Canyon. Dive teams were dispatched but the driver had perished.

A Denver man died Saturday morning after his pickup hit an Interstate 70 guardrail on the east end of De Beque Canyon and rolled into the Colorado River.

The pickup was headed east on I-70 near milepost 57 about 8:15 a.m. when it swerved to the left side of the road, hit and went over the guardrail and rolled down a steep embankment into the Colorado River, where most of the truck was submerged, the Colorado State Patrol said.

The driver was pinned inside his 2008 Dodge Ram pickup, the State Patrol said. There were no other passengers in the vehicle.

State Patrol trooper Ron Greasley said that because of the temperature of the water and the river’s current, good Samaritans who stopped to help were unable to get the man out of the vehicle. 

Greasley said he was not sure what caused the accident, but that slush on the roads from that morning’s snowfall could have caused the truck to hydroplane.

The State Patrol said it does not believe alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.


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