Driver jumps before truck takes plunge |

Driver jumps before truck takes plunge

Aspen Times Staff Report

One lucky fellow escaped injury when his truck slid off the side of Medicine Bow Road and down a steep, 150-foot embankment Tuesday morning, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver – who was the sole occupant of the mid-sized Ford pickup – jumped out just before the vehicle plummeted down the embankment, according to Deputy Tom Grady. The accident occurred about a mile up Medicine Bow Road from its intersection with Brush Creek Road.

Not only was the man unhurt, his truck was undamaged, said Grady, though it took a tow truck a couple of hours to get the vehicle out.

“He just lost it coming around a curve,” Grady said.

Authorities did not have the man’s name, as there were no injuries or damages and the accident occurred on a private road.

Local authorities handled about a half-dozen minor accidents Tuesday morning, likely the result of the early morning snowfall.

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