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By Randi Pierce
The driver of a semi involved in an accident on Wolf Creek Pass early Tuesday morning is in critical condition at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M., after being pinned in the wreckage of the tractor.
At approximately 6:22 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, Colorado State Patrol dispatch received a call alerting them to an overturned semi tractor-trailer on Wolf Creek Pass, near the scenic overlook at milepost 160, according to a statement from CSP spokesman Doug Wiersma.
The accident happened when the driver, Fozil Juraev, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., failed to negotiate the switchback curve at the scenic overlook, with the 2007 Volvo semi rolling onto its right side and sliding top-first into the concrete safety barriers, effectively pinning the driver inside.
“Evidence and witness accounts indicated that the semi was out of control just prior to crashing,” Wiersma’s report states.
While the cab of the semi came to rest against the barrier, the trailer continued over the barrier and into the ravine, with the cargo of the container, alcoholic beverage products, scattered on the highway and in the ravine.
Juraev was extricated from the wreckage of the cab and airlifted to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango before being transferred to San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington.
Wiersma said a local towing company was working Tuesday to clean up the site of the accident, including the spilled cargo.
Brake failure is suspected to be a contributing factor, and an investigation is ongoing.