Two people dead after truck goes off cliff in Grand County, police say
January 4, 2019
Law enforcement officials in Grand County on Friday were investigating an incident where a truck appears to have driven over a cliff on Trough Road and two people died.
The driver, a 37-year-old male, was found dead on the scene after being ejected about 300 feet from the vehicle and the passenger, according to Colorado State Trooper Gary Cutler. A 26-year-old female was found dead still in her seat with the buckle fastened.
Toby J. Hargadine of Kremmling was identified as the driver, and Crysta L. Berntsen of Minturn was identified as the passenger.
According to a state patrol press release, the truck was headed eastbound on Trough Road when it lost control and rotated counterclockwise, skidding off the left side of the road. It rolled numerous times down the cliff.
The Colorado State Patrol continued to work on recovering the vehicle Friday afternoon, a Toyota Tundra, from where it landed about 705 feet from the road near mile post 9, according to Lt. Dan Mayer, a spokesperson for the Grand County Sheriff's Office. Mayer estimated that the drop was around 70 or 80 degrees steep.
The truck was discovered Friday morning around 7:44 a.m. by a road and bridge worker.
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