A truck driver has been issued a ‘careless driving summons’ after losing control in a wreck that sent multiple cars rolling down an embankment.
The wreck happened during the first weekend of October on the western side of Floyd Hill on Interstate 70 west of Denver, Colorado.
According to CBS 4, 22-year-old truck driver, Abdullateef Akilo was driving a car hauler along the western side of Floyd Hill when he lost control and struck a barrier. The force of that initial impact caused the truck to jackknife and separate from the trailer. The trailer then careened over the jersey barriers and plunged down an embankment, spilling vehicles and nearly sending them into Clear Creek.
Akilo suffered only minor injuries in the accident and no other serious injuries were reported, but the cleanup of the spilled vehicles was extensive. Witnesses describe the scene as “terrifying.”
“The impact lifted the truck and trailer off the ground, slammed into the barrier again, then the trailer detached from the truck. I saw the trailer go over the barrier, and I saw the under carriage of the truck,” wrote one witness. “I made the call at 1:54. It was intense. My daughter was especially upset.”
Akilo now has a tentative court date set for late November or early December. He is legally allowed to pay associated fines and resolve the legality remotely, but will need to show up to court in person if he wishes to fight the ‘careless driving’ charge.