Colorado State Patrol sheds details on Highway 34 dump-truck accident
August 21, 2013
GRAND LAKE — A Colorado State Patrol investigation of an accident involving a dump truck versus a pedestrian on Highway 34 is so-far pointing to the possibility the pedestrian deliberately stepped in front of the truck.
The accident, which shut down the highway for longer than an hour on Wednesday morning, Aug. 21, resulted in one pedestrian flown directly from the scene of the accident to Denver Health in Denver with "serious critical injuries," according to Trooper Nathan Lyons of the Colorado State Patrol.
A dump truck driven by a 27-year-old man from Grand Lake heading westbound struck the 56-year-old Fraser man staying near Grand Lake, who apparently had stepped into the roadway from the westbound side, according to the investigation, Lyons said. "We have enough indication that leads us to believe it was an intentional act that he was in the roadway at that time," Lyons said.
According to the trooper, there were "clear efforts to avoid collision" on the part of the dump-truck driver and no citations were issued.
"He's still in shock; he's still shaken up," Lyons said of the driver on Wednesday. A Victims Advocate Unit of the Colorado State Patrol was in contact with the driver, he said.
The accident was about three miles outside of Grand Lake near Grand Lake Plumbing and Heating.