A two-vehicle collision Tuesday morning on U.S. 84 south of Pagosa Springs claimed the life of a local resident, Kirk Zellner, 49.
According to a report from the Colorado State Patrol, Zellner was driving a 1993 Dodge pickup northbound on U.S. 84 at 11:34 a.m. when the front left tire on the vehicle failed, causing the truck to swerve into the southbound lane.
Zellner’s truck then collided front-to-front with a loaded tractor trailer combination traveling southbound on the highway. The 2008 Peterbuilt tractor unit was driven by Michael Thomas Robinson, 36, of Grass Valley, Calif.
Zellner’s truck rotated and continued 39 feet from the impact area, coming to rest on its wheels. Zellner was extricated from the truck by local emergency responders from the Pagosa Fire Protection District and Emergency Medical Services. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Archuleta County Coroner Carl Macht.
The tractor trailer unit continued 90 feet from the impact area and jackknifed before it crashed into a fence, coming to rest on its wheels with the trailer unit attached. Robinson reportedly suffered a leg fracture and he was transported by ambulance to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango. He was listed in fair condition Wednesday morning.