Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Woman killed in crash

Woman killed in crash

A Calhan woman died Friday afternoon when a cement-pumper trailer came off an approaching truck on U.S. Highway 24 and sheared off the left side of her car.

The 54-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was driving a Chevrolet sedan east and had just passed Judge Orr Road shortly after noon when the 5,000-pound trailer came loose, authorities said.

She died before rescuers arrived, said Colorado State Patrol Master Sgt. Tony Rasnake.

Rasnake said investigators do not know how the trailer came off, but speculate the pin keeping it secured to the hitch might have failed.

The chains and safety equipment on the trailer seemed to meet state requirements, he said.

Investigators do not think excessive speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, Rasnake said.

Rasnake said investigators have not determined whether the driver of the truck will face any charges.

The truck apparently belonged to Kodiak Concrete Pumping, but a person reached at the company declined to comment on the crash.

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