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Bailey residents demand action from CDOT after deadly semi crash

Bailey residents demand action from CDOT after deadly semi crash

BAILEY, Colo. (KDVR) — After a semitruck driver misplaced management of their automobile final Monday and flipped an enormous earth mover machine into the North Fork South Platte River, many locals in Bailey have been saying, “not once more.”

The crash occurred round 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29 and resulted within the loss of life of a 37-year-old girl from Clovis, New Mexico. She was the passenger within the huge rig that misplaced management coming down Crow Hill into Bailey. The 38-year-old driver was airlifted in severe situation to St. Anthony’s hospital in Lakewood.

“We all really feel that method. Not once more. You know, it feels prefer it occurs on a regular basis,” Tim Gregg, the director of growth for the Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce stated.

Gregg says crash information he compiled from the Colorado Department of Transportation web site reveals 72 site visitors incidents at mile marker 222 alongside Highway 285 between 2007 and 2020.

“This curve is extraordinarily harmful. It’s greater than a 90-degree flip. It’s about 120 levels on the backside of two miles of a really steep grade. And for 18-wheelers, particularly, it is troublesome, troublesome for them to maneuver they usually expend their brakes on a regular basis,” Gregg stated.

The velocity restrict on the prime of Crow Hill is 50 mph. It slows to 40 mph as Highway 285 winds downward however on the backside the place there is a flashing signal with a posted velocity restrict of 35 mph, locals say it is too late for truckers in the event that they have not shifted to a decrease gear. The roadway bends 120 levels in simply 1,300 toes.

“I might like to see a truck ramp. If we will not get a truck ramp or till we get a truck ramp, we want higher signage on the prime of Crow Hill instructing truckers to make use of regardless of the decrease gear is and to decrease the velocity restrict all the way in which down the hill,” Robb Green, president of the Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce stated.

“I used to be the resident engineer up there for the higher a part of a decade. So I’m very accustomed to this curve,” Stephen Harelson, the chief engineer for CDOT stated.

Harelson advised the Problem Solvers he would not suppose a decrease velocity restrict would assist and stated a runaway truck ramp, one thing the state thought of 20 years in the past, would now value $5 million to $10 million.

“I do not know that it is value prohibitive. It’s definitely possible,” Harelson stated, who added it could be extra possible to spend $1.3 million on a concrete guardrail and cable limitations on the backside of Crow Hill.

“They’re designed so {that a} semitruck going 80 miles an hour can plow into them at 15 diploma, , 15 diploma angle and bounce off,” Harelson stated.

Such a barrier may’ve made an enormous distinction in 2016 when an 18-wheeler misplaced management and plowed by way of the Aspen Peak Cellars vineyard in the midst of the evening when, happily, the constructing was empty.

“I do not suppose anyone would have come out alive. We may have killed 50, 60 individuals, ,” vineyard proprietor Marcel Flukiger stated. He stated if he have been grading the curve on a scale would say, “On a one to 10, in all probability a ten.”

Flukiger advised FOX31 he would not need to need to rebuild his vineyard once more.

“We do not need to see any extra information tales about issues taking place in Bailey. We need to see some motion of how it is going to get mounted,” Flukiger stated.

Harelson advised the Problem Solvers putting in the concrete guardrail on the river facet of Highway 285 and a cable web barrier within the median solely takes a few month however admits development is not more likely to begin for an additional 12 months due to CDOT’s approval course of.

Locals advised FOX31 they do not perceive why it is taken so lengthy to get this far when site visitors research return 20 years. They’d nonetheless prefer to see flashing warning indicators on the prime of Crow Hill and if potential, a runaway truck ramp.

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