WOLF CREEK — According to reports confirmed by Sgt. Ben Stuever with the Colorado State Patrol, a semi rollover accident closed two of the three lanes of traffic on Wolf Creek Pass Wednesday morning. Around 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 24 a semi traveling west on Highway 160 near mile marker 161 and the Wolf Creek overlook location, lost control of the vehicle and rolled, causing about 40,000 pounds of lumber to spill into the road.
“Basically, he smoked his breaks and couldn’t negotiate the curves. It was a lack of driving experience and speed,” stated Stuever. The 46-year-old driver out of Virginia was cited for careless driving and walked away from the scene with minor injuries.
As of 3:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, two lanes of traffic were open, with the third remaining closed until debris could be removed from the side of the road. Many vehicles have met their demise on the same stretch of road on the west side of the pass and CDOT officials caution drivers, especially during the winter months, to drive carefully on the pass.