Man killed in Glenwood truck accident
September 1, 2010
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Police are investigating what caused a single-vehicle accident on Midland Avenue on Monday evening that resulted in the death of a 54-year-old Glenwood Springs man.
James Montaine died at the scene after his Ford F-250 pickup truck somehow went out of control up an embankment and rolled onto its top in the roadway.
The accident occurred at 6:37 p.m., according to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.
Montaine was the only occupant of the vehicle.
“It’s still very much a mystery as to what caused the accident,” Wilson said. “There were no signs of difficulty prior to the vehicle leaving the roadway.”
The accident took place in the 2000 block of Midland Avenue, north of the 27th Street roundabout, in a 25-mph zone.
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Montaine was wearing a seat belt, but likely died from injuries sustained when the truck rolled, crushing the top, Glenwood Springs Fire Lt. Dave Reinhold said.
Wilson said there were no signs of excessive speed and no skid marks. There were also no witnesses, although an off-duty Glenwood police officer who was driving home at the time was the first to happen onto the accident scene, he said.
“The truck came to rest right in front of him on the roadway,” Wilson said.
An autopsy was scheduled in Grand Junction Tuesday afternoon.
“We’ll see if the autopsy comes up with something that would tell us what happened,” Wilson said. “At this point, we have no idea what initiated it.”
Results of the autopsy are not expected for several weeks.
“We still may not get anything conclusive from that,” he said.
Police and emergency crews from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department were on the scene until around 8:30 p.m. on Monday.