Berthoud wreck sparks traffic delays on US Highway 40 on Saturday |

Berthoud wreck sparks traffic delays on US Highway 40 on Saturday

A two-vehicle non-injury accident near the top of Berthoud Pass snarled traffic along US Highway 40 for multiple hours Saturday morning, forcing long delays and prompting some motorists to cancel their travel plans.

Shortly before 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning March 19 authorities were notified of an accident on Highway 40 east of the entrance to Mary Jane. The traffic accident occurred on Berthoud Pass on the Grand County side of the pass just a few hundreds yards from the top. The accident involved a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck with a driver and two passengers and a 2015 Chevy van with a driver and 10 passengers.

Local authorities provided details on the accident. Saturday morning shortly before 10:30 a.m. a Ford pickup traveling westbound on US 40 spun out and collided with a Chevy van that was traveling eastbound at the time. The Ford pickup had just crossed over the crest of the pass before the accident occurred while the Chevy van was traveling up US 40 out of the Fraser Valley towards the Front Range.

According to authorities the Ford pickup lost control after crossing the pass and began spinning in a counter-clockwise direction. The front left portion of the truck collided with the driver’s door of the Chevy van. Luckily, the collision resulted in no injuries for parties from either vehicle.

Authorities confirmed that the Ford pickup involved in the incident is considered the “at fault” vehicle. The Chevy van involved in the accident was carrying a group of 11 people out of Texas who had been vacationing in the area and was returning to Texas at the time of the accident. Local authorities provided transport on Grand County EMS ambulances down the pass to the Fraser/Winter Park Police Station for those affected by the accident.

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