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.