Fatal accident closes I-25 North in Douglas County

Cement mixer turns over near Greenland Open Space

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A man driving a 2006 Kentworth cement mixer north from Colorado Springs was pronounced dead on the scene after his truck rolled over in a one-vehicle wreck on I-25 late Friday morning near Greenland Open Space in southern Douglas County.

Colorado State Patrol received a call at 11:55 a.m. Aug. 9, after the truck experienced sudden tire failure on one or two tires, causing the vehicle to roll, and killing the driver instantly. No other parties or vehicles were involved in the accident, said Trooper Josh Lewis.

The accident caused a lengthy closure of I-25 North from South County Line Road (Exit 161) north to Upper Lake Gulch Road (Exit 172) in Larkspur. 

“Because the mixer had eight yards of a cement-water mixture which shifted, it requires special equipment to get the truck back upright,” he said, adding that the materials are also considered hazardous.

The southbound lanes reopened within the hour after a temporary closure, but Lewis said were moving very slow due to a lot of rubbernecking. 

The driver of the vehicle was later identified as Joseph Gurreri of Colorado Springs. 

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