• October 11, 2022

Truck Driver Injured in Overturn Crash on Wolf Creek Pass in Pagosa Springs, CO

Pagosa Springs, CO — October 9, 2022, a truck driver was injured in an early-morning rollover crash at the top of Wolf Creek Pass in Pagosa Springs.

Authorities say the incident happened around 3:25 a.m. along US-160 near the Wolf Creek Ski Area. Preliminary investigation suggests the 43-year-old truck driver allegedly missed a curve in the road and veered off, then crashed into the side of a mountain. The truck continued almost 90 feet further before it came to rest.

Responders found the ejected truck driver trapped beneath the semi-tractor. They extricated him and transported him to an area hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The investigation continues but impairment was mentioned as a possible factor.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Truck Overturn Crash in Pagosa Springs

If reports have their facts in order police may think the injured driver was impaired when he crashed. I'm not out to argue with police, but I know from long experience with all kinds of single-vehicle crashes that people--both the public and investigators--are sometimes too quick to point fingers at the drivers.

It's true that various driver mistakes are often behind solo wrecks, but at the same time there are plenty of other explanations that would have been completely out of the driver's hands. For instance, if the truck lost traction on water or loose gravel, or if it had some kind of serious mechanical problem that sent it off the road, it surely wouldn't be fair to point fingers at the victim.

Truck Driver Injured in Pagosa Springs, CO Overturn Crash on US-160

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or saying I know something police don't. I'm only saying that the right thing to do after any crash is to keep an open mind and conduct a full investigation. Until all the facts are in, that driver should get the benefit of the doubt the same as anyone else.

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