Fiery head-on crash near Craig kills three
July 29, 2012
CRAIG, Colo. – A head-on crash between a car and semi-truck at 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Highway 40 near Craig killed all three people in the car. The driver of the truck escaped the burning wreckage.
The Colorado State Patrol reports that an Audi A4 passenger car was headed westbound on Highway 40 when it drifted into the eastbound lanes, colliding head-on with a Freightliner tractor pulling a flatbed trailer.
The Audi spun around and stopped in the shoulder of the road. The truck spilled diesel fuel onto the highway and ran off the road, catching fire before the driver, Rickie Jenkins, 53, of Casper, Wyo., could bring it to a stop.
Jenkins had been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, and escaped the cab of the truck before it became engulfed in flames. He was treated for injuries at Memorial Hospital in Craig and later released.
The driver of the Audi, a 35-year-old man from Fort Collins, and the front seat passenger, a 22-year-old Rangely man, were wearing seat belts. The back seat passenger, a 19-year-old from Greeley, was not belted. The state patrol reported that all three died at the scene from their injuries.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and the names of those killed are being withheld because the families have not been notified.
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Highway 40 was closed at the site of the accident from 3 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday for an investigation and cleanup of debris and diesel fuel on the roadway.
The Colorado State Patrol Hazardous Materials Unit responded to the scene. The Colorado Department of Transportation and LT Environmental assisted in the cleanup of the roadway.