Highway 82 crash kills two
EL JEBEL ” A deadly crash early this morning claimed the lives of two people near El Jebel on Highway 82.
The truck driver has been charged with multiple offenses.
According to a Colorado State Patrol press release, around 6:40 a.m. a 1984 Kenworth semi-truck pulling a modular trailer attempted to pull onto the eastbound highway from a private driveway at mile-marker 16 (3 miles west of El Jebel). While attempting to cross Highway 82, the trailer blocked the westbound lanes while the truck waited to make a left turn onto the eastbound lanes.
A 2000 KIA Sephia with three occupants was westbound in the left lane when it collided with the trailer.
The driver and front seat passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. The third occupant was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction with serious injuries.
According to the CSP, none of the occupants were wearing seat belts.
The truck driver was Mark Chamness, 48, of LIttleton. He was wearing a seat belt and sustained no injuries, according to the CSP.
Chamness is charged with careless driving causing death, careless driving causing bodily injury, stopped in an intersection when prohibited and violated the overwidth/overheight permit by operating during the hours of darkness.
After the collision, the car pushed the trailer an unknown distance and came to rest partially underneath the trailer facing west. After the impact, the truck and trailer came to rest facing south.
Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the accident. The names of the victims have not been released.
The crash is still under investigation by the CSP.
The westbound lanes of Highway 82 were closed for a little more than 3 hours, re-opening at 10:53 a.m. Westbound traffic was rerouted around the accident at Catherine Store Road and Blue Lake.
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