Big-rig truck flips off Highway 58 ramp, spilling cases of Coors, Miller beer in Wheat Ridge

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - A big-rig truck flipped off a highway connection ramp, spilling cases of beer down a roadside berm in Wheat Ridge Thursday afternoon.

Wheat Ridge police spokesman John Romero said the truck driver was eastbound on the curving ramp from Highway 58 to Interstate 70 when the trailer flipped over a guardrail and split open, spilling cans of Coors Original, Coors Light, Miller Light and Miller High Life.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries, but a passenger was not hurt, Romero said.

The Highway 58 ramp was closed for about two hours while crews moved the truck wreckage down the slope onto Youngfield Street. At 4:30 p.m., only one northbound lane of Youngfield was open and Romero said the road won't completely reopen for a couple hours while crews finishing remove the wreckage and the spilled beer.

"That is a ramp for us that was built in the 50s and 60s and a ramp that no longer meets today's standards," said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford.  "We do though, however, make sure, very sure that the speed limits are established in a way that people can safely drive it, including those trucks … Sometimes those trucks take it a little fast and consequently tip over."

She said the ramp is on CDOT's list of things to replace eventually -- it's just a question of getting the funds.