Montrose Man Dead After Rear-ending County Truck

Apr 24th @ 11:30 am in News by Scott Staley

Montrose County

From the Montrose Daily Press

By Katharhynn Heidelberg Daily Press Senior Writer

A Montrose man died Tuesday when he crashed into a dump truck on U.S. 550.

Blaine A. Tankersley, 26, collided with the rear end of a Montrose County Mack truck at 7:52 a.m. Tuesday, the Colorado State Patrol said. He was declared dead at the scene.  Skid marks on the scene show he may have tried to avoid the truck, but did not have enough time to do so, Master Trooper Dave Copeland said.

The results of the autopsy showed that he died at the scene of the accident of multiple traumatic injuries suffered in the collision.  The manner of death will be certified as accidental.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

The dump truck, driven by Jack Vette of Delta County, was stopped southbound on the highway by Racine Road and preparing to make a left turn onto the road when Tankersley’s 1995 Ford F250 ran into the back at an approximate speed of 60 mph.  The front left side of the Ford struck the rear of the dump truck a few feet to the left of the right side, causing heavy damage. Air bags did not deploy, though Copeland said the CSP believes Tankersley was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

The county said in a news release that Vette was taken to the emergency room for treatment and was released Tuesday.  Copeland said no citations will be issued.

A Memorial Fund has been set up in Blaine Tankersley’s name for his wife and children at Alpine Bank in Montrose.