Colorado State Patrol troopers say it’s amazing that no-one was seriously injured when two tractor-trailers and a pickup truck are involved in a roadside crash on Interstate 70 Thanksgiving morning.
41-year-old Michael Nation of Aurora, Colorado was asleep in the sleeper cab of his tractor-trailer truck when it was slammed into at an estimated 75 miles an hour by another semi driven by 28-year-old Grants Pass, Oregon driver Judith Thomas. After smashing into the parked truck her freightliner continued eastward to hit a pickup truck also parked in a parking zone on Interstate 70 just west of Mount Garfield.
Anthony Formby was asleep in the pickup, which slid some ways down the Interstate before coming to rest at the side of the road.
The parked semi was shoved off the road and through a fence.
After hitting the two vehicles Thomas’s truck went off the side of the road and down an embankment.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper James Womack says Thomas says she was reaching for a drink when she drifted off the highway into the parked vehicles, but he says there are also indications she may have been driving longer that regulations allow in a 24-hour period.
Nation and Formby were shaken up, but miraculously were uninjured.
Thomas was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for a check-up but later returned to the scene pf the crash. She has received several citations, including careless driving causing an accident with injuries and failure to comply with trucking regulations.
The truck was loaded with home electronics for Kohl's Department Store and headed to New York when the crash occurred.