Police tired of beer truck crashes in same spot

6:02 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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WHEAT RIDGE - For beer lovers, it has become a cruel joke - the site of spilled cans scattered across the onramp from Highway 58 to eastbound I-70. For police, it has become what investigators call a "yearly" occurrence that needs to stop.

"The beer trucks in particular seem to turnover in this exact spot," John Romero, spokesman for Wheat Ridge Police, said.

When trucks leave the Coors Brewery in Golden, many of them need to head eastbound on I-70 off Highway 58 to get to various parts of Colorado and beyond. Romero says nearly every year since 1996, drivers have hit the curve too quickly turning over and dumping their loads of thousands of beer cans or bottles.

"There is a physics aspect to that. There is gonna be the liquid moving around," Romero said.

Romero said the curve is sharp and has a steep down angle, as well. He says traffic officers want to speak to representatives from Coors about the frequency of beer truck crashes there.

"The people at Coors know about that turn," Romero said. "So, we want to talk with the management of Coors to try to talk to their drivers to let them know this is a problem area."

When 9News tried to contact the Coors public relations department, calls for comment were not returned.

Romero says Wheat Ridge Police will also work with the Colorado Department of Transportation to see if the speed limit for that onramp can also be reduced.

"If we can get the speed limit lowered in that area, it can really make a big difference there," Romero said.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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