[06-12-24] 1 Killed After Semi Flips on US 285, Highway Reopens After 14 Hours

DENVER (KDVR) — U.S. 285 is back open in both directions on Wednesday after a semitruck flipped and dumped a load of pipe and angle iron on top of five other vehicles, killing a person in one of them.

After more than 12 hours, the Colorado State Patrol completed its cleanup and investigation and the highway was reopened in both directions.

The crash happened during the Tuesday afternoon rush hour. Colorado State Patrol said early reports show the semi driver was traveling southbound at around 5 p.m. when the truck went off the edge of the road and rolled onto its side, spilling its load on the other vehicles.

The person who died was pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness told FOX31 the truck was barreling down the highway before the crash.

“He was going way faster than the rest of traffic and he had his hazards on, and you could hear his engine just roaring as he tried to slow down. And the people were getting out of his way, and he was obviously doing his best to avoid other cars and other people,” Matt Olson told FOX31’s Shaul Turner.

CSP said the truck, its load and the other vehicles involved in the crash blocked U.S. 285 in both directions, causing the extensive closure.

Second semi incident impacted detour road

Following the closure of the main highway, drivers were asked to use Elk Creek Road and Foxton Road as a detour, but a second incident caused a slowdown.

At around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office tweeted about another semi that spilled its load on Foxton Road , leaving the detour down to a single lane.

Thankfully, the sheriff’s office said no one was injured.

Due to Foxton Road’s narrow road and sharp curves, semis are asked to avoid the road.

Source : Fox 31

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A shocking 74% of all fatal passenger auto accidents involve large trucks, proving how powerful and devastating their weight and size can be.

Over the past decade, this has increased with 4,842 large trucks involved in fatal accidents in 2020 (33% more than 2011). These truck accidents caused 4,965 deaths. In the same year, 107,000 large truck accidents resulted in injuries.

The majority of truck accident deaths are the drivers of other vehicles (71%). Truck occupants make up 17%, with pedestrians and bicyclists at 12%.

A total of 4,965 people died in large-truck crashes in 2020. The number of deaths decreased 1% from 2019 but is still up 31% since 2011. The majority of deaths in large-truck crashes are occupants of other vehicles (71%), followed by truck occupants (17%) and pedestrians and bicyclists (12%).

According to the National Safety Council, across the U.S., most fatal accidents occur on non-interstate roadways (73%) compared to interstate (23%). 63% occur in the day, with 37% at night.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states there is a wide range of common causes of truck accidents in Denver. These include:

  • Faulty truck brakes – 29%
  • Driver speeding or driving too fast for the conditions – 23%
  • Driver unfamiliar with the route – 22%
  • Roadway problems or damage – 20%
  • Driver affected by over-the-counter drugs – 17%
  • Driver inadequate surveillance – 14%
  • Driver fatigue – 13%
  • Driver distraction – 10%
  • Driver under work pressure, such as time constraints – 10%
  • Illegal maneuvers – 9%
  • Driver inattention – 9%
  • Truck tire failure or problems – 6%
  • Tailgating – 5%
  • Driver jackknifing truck – 5%
  • Truck cargo shift – 4%
  • Driver illness – 3%
  • Intoxicated driver – 3%

There can be various parties to blame for these causes, such as the truck driver or other drivers, trucking companies, maintenance providers, truck manufacturers, and government agencies.

The injuries involved are almost always devastating. Common examples include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, lacerations, amputations, scarring and disfigurement, paralysis, broken and fractured bones, degloving and eye injuries.


Colorado’s roads, by nature, are considered far more dangerous than most of the country. The mountains offer challenges to trucks that require slowing techniques that prevent smoking brakes.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has built 13 runaway truck ramps on mountains, mostly on I-70. The most used is on the descent from the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels to Silverthorne.

There have been continuous calls to improve the state’s trucking routes, amongst bigger calls for improved driver standards.


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