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Three Fatalities in Accident Between Car and Colorado Department of Transportation Truck

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A car accident Monday morning near Burlington, Colorado resulted in three fatalities. One of the vehicles involved was operated by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

Kieran Nicholson, reporter for The Denver Post, provides some details about the crash and the victims:

Vernon Chute, 79, and Norma Chute, 77, of Greenville, Ill., were killed Monday morning in the crash with the state highway truck that was spraying herbicide along I-70 west of Burlington, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Two children in the car were airlifted to St. Anthony Central Hospital. One of the children, a 15-year-old boy, died Monday at about 11:45 p.m., the Colorado State Patrol said.

There is no word on the state of the other child at this point, and none of the public workers, other than the truck driver, have reported accident injuries. The names of the children have not yet been released.

Howard Pankratz, also reporting for The Denver Post, got a statement from Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) spokeswoman Stacey Stegman. She stated that a Burlington-based CDOT employee was driving the truck in the right lane while a group of CDOT employees were spraying weed-control outside the truck.

According to Pankratz, Stegman also stated that the CDOT truck displayed a flashing arrow on it, directing drivers to move into the other lane (eastbound). She went on to state that throughout that morning many other cars had changed lanes, but the Chutes’ did not.

The driver of the CDOT truck suffered from a concussion and loss of consciousness from the accident. He was released from the hospital after treatment.

Image by Wolfgang Staudt on Flickr, used under its Creative Commons license


One Response to “Three Fatalities in Accident Between Car and Colorado Department of Transportation Truck”

  • Norma (Merrill) Onion says:

    The family of Nina (Hendricks) Merrill, Astoria, IL wish to convey deepest condolences to the Chute family and all those affected by this tragic accident.


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