Driver escapes injury in rollover crash on U.S. 285

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By Sal Christ

A motorist escaped injury Monday evening when his truck rolled down an embankment off northbound U.S. 285 at mile marker 247 near Morrison Road.

According to a State Patrol trooper at the accident scene, Tyler Ratzlaff was traveling north on U.S. 285 at 5 p.m. when his white Ford F-250 went out of control, veered off the road and rolled several times before landing in Turkey Creek.

Ratzlaff, who was on his way to visit his father at a Denver hospital, was uninjured and said that passers-by helped pull him from the vehicle.

“I just took that turn too quickly, and the truck started rolling,” Ratzlaff said. “I thought, ‘Oh, damn.’ I just stayed put as it rolled.”

Ratzlaff’s wife, Bonnie, was driving another vehicle ahead of him and, upon seeing the accident, she turned around “to go and get him.”

Despite the state of Ratzlaff’s truck, he was uninjured, and the State Patrol believes it was a simple case of “coming around the corner a little too fast.”

The highway remained open while Ratzlaff’s vehicle was retrieved by Denver West Towing about an hour after the crash. 

Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035.