Trucker killed while chaining up in Colorado

| 10/19/2007

Authorities in Colorado are urging truck drivers to use caution and common sense when choosing a spot to add chains or remove them from their trucks’ tires as the snowy winter season approaches.

The warning follows a deadly accident near Vail, CO, on Thursday night, as truck driver Eduardo Gandarilla of Los Angeles was struck by another semi while he was removing chains from his own truck near the highway.

According to the Vail Daily, witnesses say Gandarilla may have been hit more than once. He was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

The accident closed down the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in east Vail for about three hours on Thursday. The name of the driver who hit Gandarilla has not been released.

In August, construction began on a new facility near Vail that will offer 137 new parking spaces for truck drivers when complete. A second phase of the project will look at more space for drivers to chain up their trucks.