Police: Semi driver who hit four bridges on I-25 found


Police were seeking the driver of semi carrying an excavator that hit four overhead bridges on I-25 (photo: DPD)

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DENVER — The semi driver who hit four overpasses on Interstate 25 on Thursday has been found, according to Denver Police.

Police were looking for the semi truck seen towing an excavator that hit bridges at Speer Boulevard, 20th Street, 23rd Avenue and 84th Avenue on I-25 around 2 p.m. Thursday. Denver Police found the truck late Thursday night.

Denver Police Lieutenant Robert Rock said that the semi truck driver turned himself in and may face multiple charges of careless driving and leaving the scene.

Because the bridges are lower on the side lanes, trucks should stay in the middle lane, according to Police. This truck driver did not do so, according to police, so this was a case of poor decision making.

Impairment is not believed to be involved, according to Denver Police.

The driver, identified as Michael Gary Stollsteimer, 51, has his commercial driver’s license. Stollsteimer has a clean arrest record, but his record with the Colorado Courts system shows multiple weight violations and a speeding history.

The truck company’s insurance will most likely be responsible for the repair, according to Lt. Rock.

Three lanes were closed for emergency cleanup and inspection of the bridges, but they were reopened just before 4 p.m.

The bridges hit at 20th Street and 84th Avenue only experienced scrapes to the outer surfaces and did not get hit in a way to sustain structural damages, according to CDOT.


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