Granby man dies in crash that blocks U.S. 40 for hours
August 6, 2008
A fatal accident closed U.S. Highway 40 between Parshall and Kremmling to through traffic for more than 3-1/2 hours on Tuesday.
A head-on crash between two vehicles in the late morning forced the highway’s temporary closure as emergency crews and law enforcement officers worked to clear the accident scene. Traffic was redirected to local secondary roads until the highway was re-opened at 2:30 p.m.
Killed in the accident was 28-year-old Matthew Andries of Granby, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Grand County Deputy Coroner Brett Schroetlin said Andries’ next of kin have been notified. The cause of death is pending an autopsy that will be performed today.
The accident took place at milepost 193 on U.S. Highway 40, about two miles west of Parshall at 10:53 a.m. Andries was driving a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup that was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 40 when it collided with a 1995 Kenworth semi-truck headed eastbound.
According to a press release from Sgt. Chad Dunlap of the Colorado State Patrol, the Ford F-150 traveled over the centerline of the roadway and struck the semi-truck “head-on in an offset manner.”
The impact of the crash rotated the pickup truck counterclockwise until it came to rest facing east on the right shoulder of the highway. The semi-truck continued eastbound for almost 300 feet before it rolled over on its side and came to rest on the highway’s right shoulder.
The driver of the semi-truck, whose identity has not yet been released, was transported to Kremmling Memorial Hospital for the treatment of his injuries.
The Colorado State Patrol is still actively investigating the crash. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected as contributing factors in the accident.