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Runaway G’wood dump truck lands on car

Dennis Webb
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
A City of Glenwood Springs dump truck rolled over an eight-foot retaining wall and onto two parked cars near the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Tuesday afternoon. The man sitting in the driver's seat of the white car at the time of the accident was not injured. (Post Independent/Kelley Cox)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” When a dump truck landed on Kirk Lindahl’s rental car Tuesday afternoon, he never knew what hit him.

Lucky for him. If the Minnesota resident had seen the truck coming, it might have killed him.

Lindahl had parked just off the street near the Glenwood Springs Center of the Arts and was waiting in the car after dropping off his sisters-in-law at the Hot Springs Pool. On a whim, he decided to back in rather than pulling in hood-first, so he could enjoy the views of the mountains across the Colorado River.

Somehow the truck, an unoccupied Glenwood Springs city vehicle, began rolling down a city electrical substation parking lot with a load of dirt and went over a retaining wall. It landed on its side, spilling the dirt and crushing the back of Lindahl’s vehicle and the hood of a second one.

Chalk up one for back-in parking, in a town that has seen much opposition to back-in diagonal parking since it was introduced last summer downtown on Cooper Avenue. Where Lindahl parked, it’s not designated for back-in parking, but his decision served him well.

“The whole back is collapsed in that car. … I’m glad I didn’t pull straight in because I’d be dead right now,” Lindahl said.

That thought was ironic for Lindahl, considering he had come to Colorado for the funeral of an Eagle County relative.

“You’re thankful that you’re still alive, with everything that’s happened these last couple of days,” he said. “Someone was looking after me; there’s no doubt about it.”

Amber Posta, a management trainee at Enterprise Rent-a-Car’s Glenwood Springs office, was called to the scene by police Tuesday after being told someone was going to need a car. It was only after she arrived that she realized one of Enterprise’s vehicles had been in an accident.

She was relieved to hear no one had been hurt.

“Cars can be replaced; people can’t,” she said.

City public works director Robin Millyard also was happy no injuries occurred. The substation lot also is being used for temporary storage of dirt. Millyard said the truck’s engine had been turned off, the transmission was placed in gear and the parking brake had been set before the accident occurred.

“All of the sudden it took off. … Gravity still works, I guess,” he said.

He said city crews will examine the truck to see if it can be salvaged.

Meanwhile, Lindahl, a cop in Minnesota for 25 years, will have quite the story to share with his fellow officers after he returns home.

“I’ve seen some weird things but never had one happen to me,” he said.

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