MONTROSE — Montrose resident Blaine Tankersley died in a collision with a Montrose County dump truck in the southbound lane of Colo. Hwy. 550 early Tuesday, April 23.
According to the Colorado State Patrol at approximately 7:51 Tuesday morning, the dump truck, driven by Jack Vette of Delta, was stopped in the southbound lane of U.S. HWY 550 at mile marker 125, preparing to make left turn onto Racine Road, when Tankersly's 1995 Ford F250 struck the rear of the truck.
Tankersly, who was traveling at nearly 60 mph, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Master Trooper Dave Copeland of the Colorado Police Department office, in Montrose, said Tankersly, age 26, may have tried to miss the truck, but ended up colliding with it. Copeland said both parties were wearing their seatbelts, and that the driver of the truck was not at fault. The accident closed the highway for approximately two-and-a-half hours.
According to a Montrose County news release, Vette was treated and released at Montrose Memorial Hospital, with minor injuries. The Montrose County Coroner's Office ruled the death was accidental.
POSTED ON APRIL 23 AT 4 p.m.
One Dead in Montrose Collision
MONTROSE COUNTY — A morning accident in the southbound lane of Colo. Hwy. 550 has left one person dead, according to a news release from Montrose County.
At 7:45 a.m. a Montrose County dump truck collided with a pick-up truck. The owner of the pick-up was pronounced dead on the scene.
The county employee driving the dump truck was treated and release from Montrose Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
The Colorado State Patrol is handling the investigation. Montrose County Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield has taken custody of the body and will perform an autopsy, the release stated.