Pickup pulled from river

A dive team from the Summit County was able to hook up a vehicle in the Colorado River between mile markers 52 and 53 on Interestate 70 in De Beque Canyon Monday afternoon. At about 11 p.m. Friday night a vehicle pulling a trailer in the westbound lane went over a guardrail and into the river and the trailer stayed on the interstate.

The Mesa County Coroner has identified the man who died last week when his truck went off the road in De Beque Canyon and into the Colorado River.

Mark Belt, 33, of Edgewater, was killed just after 11 p.m. Friday when his red Toyota truck went over a guardrail and into the river near mile marker 52 on Interstate 70. He was towing camper, which remained on the road.

The cause of death is listed as drowning and Coroner Victor Yahn reports that Belt’s blood alcohol was 0.246%, more than three times the legal limit in Colorado. It is unclear if Belt was wearing his seatbelt during the incident, Yahn reported.

After the accident, Belt’s truck was submerged in the river. It was recovered Monday afternoon with the help of a dive team from Summit County, which used specialized equipment to recover Belt and the vehicle, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

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