Truck hits five elk near Edwards |

Truck hits five elk near Edwards

EDWARDS, Colorado ” A Waste Management truck hit five elk crossing Interstate 70 near Edwards this morning.

The 2005 Mack Truck was heading east, about one mile east of Edwards when the accident happened around 6:35 a.m., the Colorado State Patrol said.

The driver, Juaquin Villa, 49, of Edwards, was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Five elk died in the crash. They were part of a group of about 15 elk crossing the interstate, the CSP said in a news release.

The left lane of eastbound Interstate 70 was closed for several minutes while emergency responders cleared the animals from the roadway. The truck sustained “minimal damage” and was driven away from the accident, the CSP said.

The CSP responds to more accidents involving deer and elk in the winter months than at other times. During 2007, the CSP investigated 34 such accidents on I-70 between Edwards and Wolcott. In 2008, the number increased to 42.

The CSP encourages motorists to wear seatbelts, watch out for deer and elk and use caution, especially during dawn and dusk.

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