Trucker arrested after highway-closing crash
April 8, 2009
A man was arrested Wednesday morning after his semi-truck with double trailers rolled over a guardrail on westbound Interstate 70. The truck landed on its left side in the median near oncoming traffic, according to Sgt. J.P. Burt with Colorado State Patrol.
Marvin D. McCartee, 56, of Clifton ” who was driving the Estes Trucking Lines truck ” was booked in Summit County Jail with charges including driving under the influence of alcohol, said CSP Capt. Ron Prater.
There were no serious injuries in the incident about 3 miles east of Silverthorne, and the truck remained intact ” no fuel leaked ” after smashing through about 200 feet of guardrail.
“It could have had a much worse outcome,” Prater said. “I guess the message is, it goes without saying, ‘Don’t drink and drive.'”
He said the driver went into the right side of the road, over-corrected and went into the median.
It’s unusual for truckers at work to be charged with DUIs, Prater said.
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McCartee was on a round-trip, headed back to Grand Junction from Denver. He was hauling 10,000 pounds of desks.
“(CSP is) not sure if (the driver) dozed off or blacked out,” Prater said.
The incident occurred at about 4 a.m., and the highway was closed to eastbound traffic for about 20 minutes ” until 10:10 a.m. ” for clean up of the wreck.
Burt said a “steep little hillside” separates the lanes in the area of the accident, and another truck stopped after running over debris left in the highway.
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