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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.

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