Rifle woman dies in car accident | PostIndependent.com

Rifle woman dies in car accident

Staff Report

Shirley Kathleen Cook, of Rifle, died in a head-on collision on Highway 64 Friday afternoon.

Cook, 74, lost control of her Chevy Baretta at 1 p.m. After driving off the right shoulder and striking a delineator post, her vehicle returned to the road. After overcorrecting, the vehicle went off the south shoulder briefly before sliding broadside back onto the road again.

Her car collided with a semitruck, driven by James M. Eastman, 75, of Grand Junction. Both vehicles skidded off the south shoulder. The trailer came loose from the tractor, rolling one and one-quarter times. The trailer was carrying gas, and both vehicles exploded into flames.

Eastman escaped serious injury and was taken to Pioneer Hospital in Meeker. Cook died instantly from injuries suffered in the crash.

State Highway 64, which runs between Meeker and Dinosaur, was closed for six hours.

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