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Trucks collide, semi rolls, no injuries

A semi and a pickup hauling a trailer and backhoe were involved in an accident on U.S. 160 near Aspen Springs last week, resulting in no injuries.

The accident took place at about 6:45 a.m. on Aug. 3 near the intersection of U.S. 160 and Deer Trail west of Pagosa Springs.

The semi, a 2006 Freightliner tractor trailer driven by Gary Ralya, 54, of Pueblo, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 160 when a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup pulling a trailer with a backhoe on it pulled onto U.S. 160 from Deer Trail, also eastbound and into the path of Ralya’s semi, reported Trooper Doug Wiersma with the Colorado State Patrol.

The Dodge was driven by Matthew Jones, 34, of Pagosa Springs, and had four passengers, Wiersma said.

The semi skidded and struck the trailer that had the backhoe, causing the semi to go off the right side of the roadway, roll one-quarter turn, and come to rest on its right side.

The Dodge stopped in the eastbound lane of the highway, Wiersma said. The road was not closed and no one was injured in the accident.

Jones was cited with failing to yield right of way.

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