Truck accident near Carbondale spills cattle, closes Hwy. 133 |

Truck accident near Carbondale spills cattle, closes Hwy. 133

Post Independent staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado
Craig Silberman/Special to The Aspen TimesAt least seven cattle died Tuesday when a semi-truck skidded onto its side on a curve on Highway 133 south of Carbondale. The highway was closed for more than three hours.

CARBONDALE – A semi-truck hauling a load of cattle crashed Tuesday morning on a curve on Highway 133 near the BRB Campground, killing some cattle and closing the highway for more than two hours.

At about 11 a.m., the southbound truck failed to make a right curve in the road, crossed into the northbound lane and went off the left side of the road. The truck hit a guardrail and rolled onto its left side, blocking both lanes of traffic, according to Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Ryan Parker.

As the truck and trailer flipped over, the roof of the trailer opened, and the cattle inside spilled out. At least seven cattle were killed in the accident, but most of the animals escaped injury. Local ranchers and others who arrived on horseback rounded up the animals.

The driver, Roger A. Rose, 49, of Carbondale, received treatment at the scene for minor injuries.

The highway was closed from the time of the accident until 2:30 p.m.

The accident remains under investigation. Driver inexperience and lane violations are suspected factors. Excessive speed and alcohol are not suspected, Parker reported.

The Colorado State Patrol, Pitkin and Gunnison county sheriff’s deputies, the Marble and the Carbondale fire departments, Colorado Department of Transportation and Blaine Ward Towing responded to the scene.

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