Dillon woman injured in Friday night semi crash
SUMMIT COUNTY – A Wyoming truck driver and a Dillon woman who was his passenger were both injured in Friday night’s tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 70.
Driver Bruce Kennedy, 58, of Casper, Wyo., suffered serious head and chest injuries and was flown via Flight For Life to St. Anthony’s Central hospital Friday night. He was listed in serious condition Monday.
Kennedy is an uncle to passenger Thea Moore, a 37-year-old Dillon woman who broke a vertebra in her neck and injured her back during the crash. She was listed in good condition Monday. Her daughter, Sage, 11, who was also riding in the vehicle, suffered minor injuries and was back in class at Summit Middle School Monday.
Kennedy was cited with several violations after the accident, including careless driving causing bodily injury, driving a vehicle without the proper class of driver’s license and driving a commercial vehicle that failed to comply with Colorado Department of Public Safety rules and regulations.
His brakes reportedly failed about 10:15 p.m. Friday just east of Silverthorne. The truck, which was hauling a flatbed trailer of crushed vehicles, landed in the median, and the vehicles were strewn across both lanes of the highway and into the median. I-70 was closed in both directions for about three hours while authorities evaluated the accident scene and plowed the debris off the highway.
Thea Moore’s husband, Jeff, gave ample credit to Fed Ex truck driver Chris Cade, one of the first to arrive at the accident site. Moore said Cade blocked the highway lanes with his own tractor-trailer to keep other vehicles from hitting Kennedy’s truck.
“He did everything he could to make sure nobody else got in that tangled-up mess,” he said.
Another truck driver who crashed on I-70 near Copper Mountain Thursday, closing the highway in both directions for most of the day, is charged with careless driving and failure to yield the right-of-way to an authorized service vehicle.
The trucker, 36-year-old John Graham, of Julesburg, told authorities he was attempting to pass a snowplow and was traveling at about 45 mph when he lost control. Roads were wet and slushy at the time.
Graham was taking a load of unleaded gasoline to Gypsum. The tank ruptured when the vehicle and trailer rolled down the embankment between the two lanes, leaking about 1,000 gallons of the 8,000-gallon load into the median.
Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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