(Gilpin County, Colorado – July 7, 2011)
Amtrak’s California Zephyr, operating on Union Pacific rails in Gilpin County, CO, 40 miles west of Denver, collided with a flatbed Union Pacific service truck at the dangerous, unguarded grade crossing of a county road just off Highway 72 in Coal Creek Canyon near Pinecliffe, CO early Thursday afternoon.
There were two UP employees in the truck. According to Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Cherokee Blake “There are some very lucky people out there on that train,” adding that the passenger train was moving at a low speed at the time of the collision. The speed limit on that stretch of track is 45 mph.