Semi, car crash kills 3

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Moffat County, Colo (KKCO) An Audi A4, driven by a 35 year-old male from Fort Collins, was traveling westbound on Highway 40. A Freightliner truck tractor pulling a flatbed trailer, driven by 53 year-old Rickie Jenkins of Casper, Wyoming, was traveling eastbound on Highway 40. The Audi traveled into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with the Freightliner. The Audi rotated clockwise after impact and came to rest on its wheels on the south shoulder of the roadway facing east. After impact, the Freightliner spilled diesel fuel onto the roadway, traveled off the north side of the roadway, and caught on fire before coming to final rest on its wheels facing east.

Jenkins was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was able to exit the vehicle before it became engulfed in flames. He was transported to Memorial Hospital in Craig where he was treated and released with moderate injuries.

The driver of the Audi was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The front seat passenger in the Audi, a 22 year-old from Rangely, was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The third occupant in the Audi, a 19 year-old from Greeley, was sitting in the backseat but was not wearing his seatbelt. All three occupants in the Audi died on scene as a result of their injuries.

The roadway was closed from approximately 3:00 am to 1:00 pm as a result of the crash investigation and cleanup of debris and diesel fuel on the roadway.

The Colorado State Patrol Hazardous Materials Unit responded to the scene. The Colorado Department of Transportation and LT Environmental assisted in the cleanup of the roadway.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and the names of the occupants in the Audi are being withheld because the families have not been notified.

The Colorado State Patrol reminds all motorists to drive safely.

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  • by nancy on Jul 30, 2012 at 09:52 PM
    please have some respect for my family were really going throw lots of sadness... thank u and god bless.... u will be missed but never forgotten... love u cousin
  • by RIPCSK! on Jul 29, 2012 at 04:35 PM
    if you read it no one that was in the car survived! a seatbelt dont matter right not the two up front had theirs and in the state of colorado if you are over the age of 18 in back seat its your choice with seatbelt! but Show respect to the familes who lost their loved ones during this ACCIDENT! i know one of the victims and his family and they are good ppl! sure was a time in my past that i will never forget! RIP to all three! <3
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    When its your time to go a seatbelt doesnt matter!
  • by Sharon Location: Grand Junction on Jul 29, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    Wow! Open mouth, insert foot. Keep your opinions to yourself! And quit using other peoples tragedy to state your point of view! God be with all those involved.
  • by SAM Location: Grand Junction on Jul 29, 2012 at 06:10 AM
    I was trying to make an analogy to the fact that if you are not paying attention to your driving, it does not matter whether you are wearing a seatbelt or not, if you have a head on with a semi you will probably be killed. In recent new articles, the Colorado State Patrol has made an issue of "Click it or Ticket" not me. I don't care if you wear your seatbelt or not, that should be your choice, whether I wear mine or not should be my choice.
  • by walking proof Location: gj on Jul 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM
    I survived a worse crash due to wearing one...but you go ahead and leave yours off, see how it works out for ya sam.
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      by Anon-Amos on Jul 29, 2012 at 09:27 AM in reply to walking proof
      I survived a worse cash due to not wearing one so go ahead and leave yours on I guess.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 at 06:44 PM
    Running into a semi, a seatbelt is not much help. But your thoughts that seatbelts won't help, is not being the sharpest knife.. Well just quit wearing yours and you will not be making comments in the future.
  • by sam is dumb Location: gj on Jul 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
  • by SAM Location: Grand Junction on Jul 28, 2012 at 06:21 PM
    I guess wearing their seatbelts didn't save their lives. Did the state patrolman give the one that was not wearing his seatbelt a ticket?
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      by Mike on Jul 29, 2012 at 09:13 AM in reply to SAM
      I know the victims father and son please have respect, the son had car trouble the other 2 went to help I wish they would have gotten a hotel RIP
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