Driver suffers broken back when pickup truck rolls |

Driver suffers broken back when pickup truck rolls

Aspen Times Staff Report

A Wyoming man sustained a broken back in an early morning rollover on Highway 82 near Blue Lake Monday, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

William J. King, 46, of Gillette, Wyo., was reported in “fair condition with a compression fracture” in his back yesterday afternoon by a spokeswoman at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

According to Trooper Sean O’Neil of the State Patrol, King was driving a Ford pickup truck upvalley in the left lane of Highway 82, when he lost control of the vehicle and slid off the left side of the road just after 6 a.m. The truck rolled nearly one full time, coming to rest on the passenger’s side.

Members of the Basalt Fire Department cut the roof off the pickup in order to safely extract King from the vehicle, O’Neil said.

The sole passenger in the vehicle, Donald Simmons, also of Gillette, was not injured, O’Neil said. However, since Simmons owned the pickup, he was cited for having no proof of insurance and having bald tires on the vehicle, according to O’Neil.

O’Neil said road conditions were slushy at the time of the accident.

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