Logging truck driver charged in fatal accident | PostIndependent.com

Logging truck driver charged in fatal accident

Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The driver of a semi truck hauling a load of logs that crashed into a Jeep Tuesday, killing a 24-year-old Glenwood Springs woman, has been charged with careless driving causing a death.

The Colorado State Patrol reported that truck driver John H. Briggs, 58, of Del Norte, ran a red light at the Buffalo Valley turn while driving southbound on Highway 82 at about 1:17 p.m. Tuesday.

Killed in the accident was Claudia Tena de Ramirez, 24, of Glenwood Springs. State troopers initially identified her as Gabriela Tena de Chavez, using an expired Colorado ID card that was in her possession. De Chavez is de Ramirez’s sister. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

De Ramirez was making a left turn onto Highway 82 from County Road 154 when the accident occurred. The semi truck hit the driver’s side of the Jeep and pushed it across both oncoming traffic lanes, coming to rest on the northeast shoulder of the highway.

Alcohol, drugs and speed are not considered factors in this crash, the state patrol reported. Briggs was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, but was not injured.

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