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Accident closes U.S. 160 east of pass on Dec. 12

SUN Staff

A semitrailer accident and resulting cleanup efforts closed U.S. 160 on the east side of Wolf Creek Pass on Dec. 12.

According to a Colorado State Patrol report, a semi-truck combination towing a cattle pod loaded with approximately 100 cattle was eastbound on the highway approximately seven miles west of South Fork. The driver attempted to negotiate a sharp left-hand curve and the vehicle yawed on the roadway. The trailer ran off the right side of the highway, down a steep embankment, and rolled.

This caused the tractor unit to roll as well. Both the trailer and tractor came to rest on their tops, facing northwest.

Approximately 20-30 cattle died in the accident. Surviving cattle were picked up by the owner, Lucky 7 Rodeos, of Ignacio, and taken to Monte Vista, said Cpl. Kevin Turner of the CSP.

The driver, Donald E. Fick Jr., of Delta, was not injured. He was cited for careless driving, said Turner.