Truck overturns, traffic comes to a halt |

Truck overturns, traffic comes to a halt

Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

ASPEN A large truck hauling a construction Dumpster overturned at the corner of Cemetery Lane and Highway 82 Monday, spilling the contents of the trash bin and disabling the truck.No injuries were reported, and the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department conducted a hazardous-waste cleanup and assessment after the accident had been cleared, according to the Aspen Police Department

The accident happened around 12:30 p.m. when the Colorado Resource Management truck pulled out of Cemetery Lane heading downvalley on Highway 82, according to driver Nick Palmer of Paonia.Palmer said he stopped in the turn lane leading onto the highway for a moment, and had just started to ease into traffic when “the load just kind of shifted, I guess.” As a result, the entire rig rolled over to the left and into the center of the road.”It was just, kind of, slow motion,” he said, and then declined to make any further statement.

Police responding to the accident blocked Hallam Street just east of the Castle Creek bridge. Traffic was diverted down Eighth Street to Power Plant Road and back up to Cemetery Lane, but the flow of cars was effectively stopped dead for about an hour.A team of tow trucks attached cables and winches to one side of the rig, with a front-end loader on the other side acting as ballast to prevent the truck from flipping over the other way. The team pulled the rig upright around 1:40 p.m., and traffic resumed its normal flow shortly afterward.

Police Chief Loren Ryerson said at the scene that it was too early to know if Palmer would receive a ticket. The investigation still had not concluded by late afternoon, according to investigating Community Safety Officer Melissa Clare.John Colson’s e-mail address is

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