Fatal Accident on US 287
Brandy Wheatley from Houston Texas Killed.
October 19,2005 Baca County's Best News Source
The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-car motor vehicle accident that occurred on Colorado 287 five miles north of Springfield on Sunday morning, October 16. The accident occurred when 29 year old, Brandy Wheatley, of Houston, Texas, was traveling south on Colorado 287, and drifted into the northbound lane and collided with a semi truck. The semi attempted to maneuver out of the path of Mrs. Wheatley's 2003 Dodge Durango, by running onto the east shoulder of the highway and ten off of the east road edge.
The Durango came to rest in the southbound lane after impact. Mrs. Wheatley sustained fatal injuries from the accident. Mrs. Wheatley was restrained and the airbags in the Durango were deployed. The driver of the semi sustained minor cuts from broken window glass during the accident.
The semi's driver side, saddle tank was ruptured and came off of the vehicle leaking diesel fuel all over the highway. State Patrol Hazardous Materials Teams responded to the scene and managed the fuel spill. State Patrol Motor Carrier Safety also responded and performed an inspection on the semi truck and the driver's paperwork. The State Patrol Accident Reconstruction Team is currently investigating the accident. Colorado 287 north of Springfield was shutdown from the accident for approximate!) five hours while the accident was being investigated and clean up was conducted.