DENVER - A man is recovering in the hospital after his flatbed truck collided with a Colorado Department of Transportation dump truck on westbound I-270, near Vasquez Boulevard Tuesday morning.
The driver rear-ended a full-size CDOT truck at about 3:30 a.m., according to Mike Saunders with the Commerce City Police Department.
The driver's brother Michael Ball told 7NEWS 39-year-old John Ball is delivery driver for a flooring company and was on his way to Wellington. The father of six is an experienced driver according to his brother.
Commerce City police told 7NEWS the CDOT dump truck was traveling 45 miles an hour, with its lights flashing when the accident happened. Video from Airtracker 7 shows skid marks and debris from the point of impact forward 260 feet, where the two trucks stopped.
CDOT said the flatbed pushed the dump truck carrying roughly four to six tons at the time; however Michael said he does not think that is possible.
"There are so many questions that I want answered," Michael Ball said. "There’s this trail of devastation that looks like he ran into a brick wall. Really that’s what it looked like, just the smatter. The material that was on the truck, the glass, the floor prep. He’s covered in floor prep. He was trapped in the truck. His hands are caked black and red from blood and trying to claw his way out of the truck."
Ball said his brother suffered a severe laceration on his head and had to get several stitches.
"He’s conscious, in and out. They’ve got him on a lot of medication...Head trauma, some stitches, scar. Nothing severe, nothing broken, nothing internal so far."
Commerce City police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
The westbound lanes reopened at about 7:30 a.m., according to CDOT.