EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. (AP) A 53-year-old Grand Junction man was seriously injured Tuesday night after crashing the dump truck he was driving into I-70.
At about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night Steven Bounds was driving a large construction dump truck on Highway 6 traveling eastbound near Dotsero.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, the initial investigation implies that the dump was in the lifted and up position when Bounds tried to drive the truck under the I-70 overpass near exit 133.
The open dump collided with the bridge and immediately severed from the truck. The truck continued after the collision with Bounds on board for roughly 300 feet.
Bounds was transported to Vail Valley Medical center with serious injuries and was later airlifted to Denver Health, where as of 1:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon he was listed in critical condition.
Details of the crash are still under investigation, but it appears that Bounds was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
CDOT determined the I-70 bridge was safe to drive on, and engineers will continue to monitor its integrity.