TRUCK DRIVER DUMPS MASSIVE AMOUNT OF BEER
A tractor-trailer driver ended up dumping 42,100 pounds of canned Bud Light and energy drinks last week when his brakes went out just past the top of Wolf Creek Pass.
Durango resident Rachel Smith, who was following the truck on U.S. 160, told The Durango Herald the truck reached speeds of 60 to 65 mph.
Smith said the driver, “who handled that truck like an absolute champ,” passed the first runaway truck ramp before using the second ramp to stop.
The driver wasn’t injured, but as the truck sped up the runaway ramp, its load of beer and energy drinks spilled out the back.
The Colorado Department of Transportation last month warned truck drivers about the dangers of driving too fast on Wolf Creek Pass.
From 2011 to 2015, there were 49 tractor-trailer crashes on the west side of the pass, deputy superintendent of maintenance Bill Pentek when CDOT launched its Beware the Wolf campaign.
“The number of crashes over the years underscores the need to slow down over this mountain pass,” he said.