Update: Authorities ID man killed after truck crashes into machinery on U.S. 40 near Muddy Pass | SteamboatToday.com

Update: Authorities ID man killed after truck crashes into machinery on U.S. 40 near Muddy Pass

A Colorado Department of Transportation camera shows road conditions along U.S. 40 near Muddy Pass Tuesday evening.
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7:40 p.m. update

Authorities have identified Jason Christensen, 36, of White Rocks, Utah as the driver of a silver 2002 Chevrolet K2500 pickup that collided head-on with a parked Colorado Department of Transportation paving roller along U.S. Highway 40 north of Kremmling Tuesday.

Christensen was traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 40 near milepost 159 when he drove off the left side of the road at a high rate of speed for an unknown reason, according to a news release from Colorado State Patrol.

CDOT had paving equipment parked on the wide paved shoulder, including an asphalt paving roller parked on the far edge of the pull out. The truck collided head-on with the parked paving roller. Christensen, the only occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol. Speed may be a contributing factor, but at this time it is unknown if impairment is a factor to the crash.

Assisting agencies included the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Kremmling Fire, Grand County EMS, CDOT, and Grand County Coroner.


The fatality on Highway 40 is the second deadly traffic crash in Grand County in the last four days.

A Denver man was killed Saturday in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 9 north of Kremmling.


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