Excavator tips over during Rocky Mountain National Park project
Grand County, CO Colorado
An operator driving an excavator for the contractor working on the Farview Curve Overlook Parking Area in Rocky Mountain National Park was involved in an accident Sunday, July 31.
The excavator dropped four to five feet off the edge of the road and rolled on its side. The 55-year-old man operating the equipment had minor injuries and was treated on scene.
Grand Lake Fire assisted with the initial clean-up of a small amount of hazardous materials that spilled during the incident.
The cause of the accident is still being determined.
On Monday, Aug. 1, the excavator will be removed from the side of the road by a crane. Visitors should expect some traffic delays through that section of Trail Ridge Road while the operation is under way.
Farview Curve is on Trail Ridge Road on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Farview Curve (10,120 feet) is 14.1 miles north of the Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
Due to heavy snow loads this year the historic rock wall has failed at Farview Curve. This spring, large cracks were observed and the wall has developed a significant tilt. On July 25, erosion control began around the wall, followed by the demolition of the existing wall footings, sidewalk and adjacent asphalt.
The contractor was working on the sub-excavation and backfill operations when the incident occurred.
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