Truck plunges off I-70 bridge after apparent brake failure

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Semi goes off I-70 onto S. Golden Rd.. May 15, 2014

Semi goes off I-70 onto S. Golden Rd.. May 15, 2014

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A semi apparently had brake failure on I-70 and plunged off the highway onto South Golden Road Thursday evening.

A Colorado State Patrol spokesman says the driver was heading eastbound. Reports from the scene indicated he moved his truck onto the median in an effort to avoid crashing into other vehicles.

Troopers say some of the truck’s load of paper spilled onto the road.

The truck driver went to St. Anthony Hospital as a precaution. He had some bumps and bruises. No other vehicles or people were involved in the crash.

It happened at around 5:30 p.m. Crews were just finishing cleaning up the wreck five hours later.


  • Robert Gift

    Getting brake pads too hot is not “brakes failed”.
    One must keep the transmission in a low enough gear that if the brakes get too hot, the truck will still remain under control.
    Why not have anchored Jersey Barriers against which a trucker can slide his rig to slow it down and stop?

  • Anonymous

    I saw this accident. Kudos to the driver who maneuvered his truck into the median avoiding west and east bound cars. Brave man behind the wheel if that was his intent.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed! I also saw it… The driver did an amazing job of keeping the truck out of west-bound traffic, and avoiding all other vehicles!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for the support I was the driver of the truck and yes I drove my truck over the bridge I was not going to take innocent lives.

    • Christine Remsik

      Wow !! Thats incrediable !! That is soo brave and heroic of You, and all of this happening during rush-hour on the highway in Denver !! That makes you a Hero !!

      • Robert Gift

        ^ Why was the truck allowed to get out of control?
        In a low enough gear, the brakes are briefly used and do not get hot enough to fail.
        Could easily have killed others.
        Why not slide the truck against the jersey barriers to slow it down rather than a “crash and burn”?

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