Truck with “ag­gres­sive” driver goes air­borne onto York

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Kirk Mitchell

One killed, 3 in­jured af­ter driver loses con­trol while try­ing to pass a semi truck on the shoul­der.

A man was killed and three peo­ple, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, were in­jured Tues­day morn­ing af­ter the driver of a pickup truck tried to pass a trac­tor-trailer on the shoul­der of In­ter­state 76, then drove through a guardrail and crashed the pickup on its top on York Street in Adams County, au­thor­i­ties say.

The man, who was not wear­ing a seat belt, was ejected dur­ing the crash and was found 10 feet from the pickup, said Sgt. Rob Mad­den, spokesman for the Colorado State Pa­trol. The man was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

A wo­man, who was also not wear­ing her seat belt, was se­ri­ously in­jured dur­ing the crash and was taken to a hos­pi­tal. Two grade school-aged chil­dren, who were in the back seat of the ex­tended-cab pickup, were also in­jured and taken to a hos­pi­tal.

“The driver was weav­ing through traf­fic and pass­ing in a very ag­gres­sive man­ner,” Mad­den said.

It’s un­clear whether the man or the wo­man, who have not been iden­ti­fied, was driv­ing the black Nis­san Fron­tier when the crash hap­pened.

The crash hap­pened at 7:25 a.m., Mad­den said. Sev­eral wit­nesses said the pickup truck was speed­ing west on I-76, pass­ing cars on the shoul­der of the high­way.

A semi was in the pass­ing lane of the high­way when the driver zipped by it on the shoul­der of the high­way, Mad­den said.

The driver lost con­trol of the pickup as it ap­proached the bridge over York Street, broke through the metal ca­bles of a guardrail and went air­borne. The pickup was twist­ing in the air be­fore it slammed on its roof.

The roof of the truck col­lapsed, Mad­den said. The semi, which was not struck dur­ing the crash, did not stop. Sev­eral other wit­nesses did stop and gave their ac­counts of the crash, he said.

Mad­den said he does not know the re­la­tion­ships of the peo­ple in the truck. Au­thor­i­ties are still try­ing to iden­tify the man who was killed.

The crash re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Emer­gency per­son­nel Tues­day gather at the scene of a crash on York Street where it passes un­der In­ter­state 76. One per­son died and three were in­jured. Pho­tos by Steve Nehf, The Den­ver Post

The driver of this pickup truck lost con­trol on I-76 as the ve­hi­cle ap­proached the bridge over York Street, broke through a guardrail, went air­borne and landed on its top on York.

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