Local truck driver hospitalized following Colorado accident

A 43 year old Scotts Bluff County man is hospitalized in Colorado after he lost control of the semi he was driving on a Colorado highway north of Fort Morgan Wednesday evening.

The Colorado State Patrol says the unidentified driver was driving a Kilthau Transport semi from Fort Morgan to Scottsbluff loaded with 7,000 gallons of molasses when the accident occurred 15 miles north of Fort Morgan. The Patrol says the driver tried to avoid cattle in the road and lost control of the truck placing it on its side. The Patrol says the driver was trapped in the vehicle for a time and was flown to the Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.

The trucking company's owner, Jerry Kilthau, says the driver has serious but non-life threatening injuries at this time. The Colorado State Patrol and Kilthau declined to release the driver's name, citing federal health privacy regulations and the wishes of the family.

The accident happened shortly before 7 p.m.

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