Pickup hits overpass guardrail

Driver, passenger flee scene on foot

Grand Junction police officers, Colorado State Patrol troopers and Grand Junction firefighters respond Sunday evening to a wreck on 25 Road on the north end of the Interstate 70 overpass. Neighbors saw two men fleeing the scene of the accident.

Two young men are suspected of ramming the guardrail on the 25 Road bridge over Interstate 70 on Sunday evening, rolling their truck on its side and fleeing the scene, according to police radio traffic and a neighbor who partially witnessed the wreck.

Amy Evans, who lives south of the overpass on 25 Road, said she was grilling kebabs sometime before 7:30 p.m. Sunday when she heard a crash.

She ran up the road and saw a blue Nissan pickup on its side and one young man climbing out the driver’s side window. Another man was also on the scene, she said.

Evans said it appeared that the truck had hit the guardrail on the west side of the road, as the metal rail was lying across the lane.

The two men, who Evans said appeared to only have cuts and bruises from their wreck, asked her not to call police.

One of them picked up the guardrail and dragged it off the road onto the embankment, she said.

“I was like, I’m still calling the cops,” Evans said. “They bailed.”

Evans said the pair grabbed some items and ran across her property to a nearby drainage ditch.

A neighbor told her they eventually fled east toward the Wilson Ranch subdivision.

As of 7:45 p.m., the truck —with an Idaho license plate and the license number 2CPV786 —was still on its side, a Bud Light beer box prominently visible in the front seat.

A Colorado State Patrol officer on scene declined to comment and a spokesman did not return a call.

It’s not clear if the men were arrested Sunday night.

Grand Junction Fire Department crews responded to the wreck as well, but they weren’t required for medical assistance, Fire Department spokeswoman Ellis Thompson-Ellis said.

Evans said wrecks and high-speed drivers aren’t uncommon on the road — people often party in the desert north of town and drive back into the city impaired.

“It happens all the time, honestly,” she said.


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