Blanding man dies in dump truck wreck near Old La Sal
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Emergency crews rushed to the scene of a dump truck accident Aug. 2 on the switchback curves between Old La Sal and Paradox. 									         Courtesy photo
Emergency crews rushed to the scene of a dump truck accident Aug. 2 on the switchback curves between Old La Sal and Paradox. Courtesy photo
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A Blanding man was killed Thursday, Aug. 2 east of Old La Sal when the dump truck he was driving went out of control near the Colorado state line.

The accident occurred in San Juan County about 10 a.m. when the LeGrand Johnson employee was involved in a one-vehicle accident on the switchbacks on Highway 90 near mile marker 19 between Old La Sal and Paradox. Kayonnie Rodriquez, 43, was the sole occupant in a large dump truck when it tipped, according to reporter Maxine Deeter of the San Juan Record.

First responders from La Sal were unable to find signs of life, and it was determined that Rodriquez succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident. It appeared that the driver of the dump truck was unable to negotiate a sharp curve in the road. “The truck tipped over onto its passenger side, slid into the bar ditch and onto its top coming to a rest in the bar ditch up against the hillside,” Deeter reported. “The curve where the accident occurred was the last in a series of ‘S’ curves descending to La Sal Creek. Speed and distracted driving are being investigated as possible causes of the crash,” reported Deeter.

This section of road has been the scene of many accidents over the years, Deeter reported.

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