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TRINIDAD, Colo. — A truck driver from Mesquite, Texas was killed on Tuesday, Nov. 13, when a UPS semitrailer rolled near Trinidad, Colorado.

The accident occurred at around 2 p.m. on Interstate 25, about six miles north of Trinidad, according to media reports.

KOAA.com reported that the semi was pulling two box trailers and was headed north when it drove off the left side of the road into the median.

The truck driver was identified as 52-year old James Smith of Mesquite, Texas, who died at the scene, according to a Colorado State Patrol press release.

A passenger in the truck, identified as 43-year old Jeffrey Poland of Heath, Texas, was extricated and treated for his injuries at Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad.

In a press release it stated that the rig drove through the median, across southbound I-25 lanes and onto the shoulder, through a grass ditch and onto the frontage road on the highway’s west side, rolling a half time, coming to rest on its top.

“The trailers stayed connected and one did spill its cargo into the grass pasture,” the release said.

The incident remains under investigation at this time.


Posted by Houston truck accident lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP

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