Truck winds up in Colorado River |

Truck winds up in Colorado River

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoA water truck wound up in the water while its tank was being filled from the Colorad River on Sunday.

PARACHUTE, Colo ” The brakes of a water truck servicing the oil and gas industry apparently failed Sunday night, and the vehicle rolled into the Colorado River between DeBeque and Parachute.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Mike Armstrong said the truck rolled off a road near the Highway 6 bridge at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday. The driver of the truck was apparently filling it up with water when the vehicle’s brakes failed.

The driver, a 56-year-old man, tried to stop the vehicle, but the brakes would not work and the vehicle rolled into the river, Armstrong said. It was then washed about 80 yards downstream and wound up almost completely submerged.

“It is amazing what a fast current will do,” Armstrong said.

The Colorado River near Glenwood Springs was flowing at about 13,700 cubic feet per second late Sunday. On June 4, the river was flowing at about 20,000 cfs.

Armstrong said the Colorado State Patrol Hazardous Material Unit responded to the scene. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was also informed of the crash. A small amount of diesel fuel appeared to have been spilled from the truck, but officials don’t believe the vehicle’s fuel tank was breached, he said.

The state patrol was still investigating the crash on Monday, Armstrong said.