Pork truck wreck a stinker for motorists
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A truck hauling 21 tons of pork caused the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 to close between Silt and Rifle most of the day Sunday.
The truck’s driver, Kent A. Sullivan, 36, of Downs, Kan., was driving the meat from Beloit, Kan., to Highland, Calif. At approximately 5:30 a.m. Sunday, he drove off the right side of the road near the Garfield County Airport Road exit. The 2000 Western Star truck, pulling a utility trailer, rolled on its right side and slid for 420 feet, striking two delineator posts before coming to a stop.
Sullivan, of Thomas and Sons trucking company of Downs, Kan., was transported to Grand River Medical Center, where he was treated and released with minor injuries. Sullivan was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Sullivan told Colorado State Patrol trooper Jess Robinson that he believes there was a vehicle defect in the truck’s steering that caused the truck and trailer to veer off the road. However, Robinson said it appeared Sullivan might have drifted off to sleep and drifted off the road.
Robinson said the State Patrol is investigating the crash, and has determined that driver error was the cause of the crash. Sullivan was given a summons for careless driving.
Colorado State Patrol was assisted by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the Rifle Fire Department, Rifle Ambulance, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Blaine Ward Towing of Glenwood Springs.
At 11 a.m., westbound I-70 traffic was backed up about a half a mile with vehicles exiting the interstate at Exit 97, the Silt exit. Motorists were being directed onto Highway 6 westbound, diverting around the crash site, and re-entering I-70 at the Rifle interchange at Exit 90.
Although the State Patrol initially estimated it would take until 3 p.m. to upright the truck and trailer and remove them from the roadside, westbound I-70 traffic was still being diverted at 4 p.m. and traffic was backed up to New Castle.
Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518
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