Passenger dies in accident near Tabernash |

Passenger dies in accident near Tabernash

Will Bublitz
Tabernash, Colorado

A man died and a woman was sent to the hospital after their pickup truck spun out of control, crashed through a guardrail and rolled down an embankment on U.S. Highway 40 outside of Tabernash early Sunday morning.

Pronounced dead at the scene was 60-year-old Jose C. Maes of Pueblo who was a passenger in the pickup.

The pickup’s driver, Christe D. Maes, 41, of Highlands Ranch, was injured in the rollover accident and flown by Flight For Life helicopter to St. Anthony’s Center Hospital in Denver. She is reported in “moderate condition.”

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the accident was reported at 7:22 a.m. Sunday. The crash took place at the overpass three miles north of Fraser where U.S. Highway 40 makes a wide curve to the west. The town of Tabernash is about a half mile west of the overpass.

The State Patrol report stated the 2003 Ford F150 driven by Maes was westbound when the driver lost control on the icy roadway that morning. The pickup began spinning clockwise, ran off the right side of the highway and crashed into the guardrail. It rolled over the guardrail and rolled down the steep embankment three times before coming to rest facing west.

Responding to the accident scene along with the Colorado State Patrol were Grand County EMS, Grand County Sheriff’s deputies and East Grand Fire Department. Jose C. Maes was pronounced dead at the scene by Grand County Coroner Brenda Bock.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected as contributing factors in the fatal crash. The accident is still under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol’s accident reconstruction team.

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