October 20, 2016
Public Information Unit, 303-441-1500
Fatal single-vehicle accident on Highway 128 in Superior
A 35-year-old Thornton man dies after being run over by a semi truck early this morning
Superior, Colo. - Just before 6:30 a.m. this morning the Broomfield Police Department received a 911 call of a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 128 and Eldorado Blvd. Sheriff's deputies and Broomfield officers subsequently found a critically injured 35-year-old Thornton man who was caught in the rear tires of his semi truck. The man suffered massive trauma to his lower body, but was conscious for a brief time after officers arrived.
The man was extricated from the truck's rear tires by personnel from North Metro Fire Rescue, and the entire extrication effort took approximately 60 minutes. The man was transported by helicopter to a Denver-area hospital just after 7:30 a.m. Life-saving efforts were ultimately unsuccessful and the man was pronounced dead at the hospital just before 8:00 a.m.
The initial investigation has led investigators to believe the man pulled off on the eastbound shoulder of Highway 128 between Ridge Pkwy and Eldorado Blvd to attend to something with the rear driver's side tires of his semi truck. The man was between the tandem axels of the truck when it began to roll forward. The man became caught in the dual tires and tandem axels on the driver's side and was drug approximately 250 feet until the semi truck came to rest on its own. It isn't yet known why the truck rolled forward onto the man.
The man was discovered by a co-worker, who is also a family member, several minutes later. Both men work for the same trucking company and were en route to deliver materials to a job site near the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield. The accident scene was determined to be several hundred yards west of the Eldorado Blvd, in the town of Superior.
The sheriff's office has requested technical assistance from the Colorado State Patrol through their vehicle crimes and motor carrier units. The state patrol has been asked to provide their expertise in accident reconstruction and motor carrier systems, and the investigation into the man's death will be a joint effort between the two agencies.
Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call the sheriff's office at (303) 441-4444.
The accident remains under investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available. The Boulder County Coroner's Office will identify the decedent after the man's family has been notified, and will also determine the cause and manner of the man's death.
The case number associated with this incident is 16-6463.
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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner
Public Information Officer