Wrecker company salvages $100,000 worth of candy bars | SummitDaily.com

Wrecker company salvages $100,000 worth of candy bars

DILLON – Dillon Towing employees spent most of their day Tuesday collecting candy bars off a steep hillside after a semi slipped off the edge of a runaway truck ramp that morning.

Colorado State Patrol (CSP) officers said the truck was going about 85 mph when it left the Eisenhower Tunnel, but Dillon Towing owner Chris Brown said the driver, Dan “Scott” Thompson, probably didn’t hit that speed until he took the truck ramp.

According to Thompson, who suffered a broken collarbone, he was driving about 35 mph when he left the tunnel but lost his brakes shortly thereafter. Thompson opted to take the runaway truck ramp to stop the vehicle, but he slid off the embankment, breaking the trailer in half and spilling its load of 1,700 cases of Milky Way and Snickers candy bars.

Originally, CSP officers said tow company officials likely would have to take the candy to the landfill, as they’ve done with lobsters, steaks and pinto beans that have spilled on the interstate over the years.

But the badly damaged diesel fuel tanks on the truck didn’t break open and spill, so employees were able to save 99 percent of the candy bars, Brown said.

Workers unloaded the boxes – each of which had 24 bags of candy – by hand Tuesday, and representatives of the trucking company hauled them off Wednesday morning.

The load, Brown said, was estimated to be worth $80,000 to $120,000.

“That’s a lot of chocolate,” he said.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or jstebbins@summitdaily.com.

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