First responders had their hands full Monday evening when a semi-truck lost it’s load in a fiery crash killing one person and injuring another. 

Bailey residents witnessed a violent accident Monday evening at approximately 7:20 p.m., when a southbound semi-truck hauling a large piece of excavating equipment lost control while descending Crow Hill on U.S. Highway 285 and overturned in the heart of downtown. 

The driver of the truck was transported to a Denver-area hospital. His condition remained unknown as of press time. A passenger in the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. 

U.S. Highway 285 was closed to traffic in both directions for a period of approvimately seven hours as a result of the accident. 

The truck and flatbed trailer came to rest in the northbound lane of the highway, while the large piece of excavating equipment was dislodged from the trailer and hurled beyond the northbound lane and into a swift-running portion of the South Platte River.

Accidents occurring in that location are not uncommon. Most involve large trucks unable to manage downhill speeds, thus losing control where U.S. Highway 285 bends abruptly to the right in downtown Bailey.

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