Mike Wilbur


The Keenesburg firefighter who sustained serious injuries when the fire truck he was riding in collided with an empty semi on Interstate 76 between Roggen and Wiggins has been released from the hospital and is currently recovering at home, a fire department administrator said.

Jeremiah Schweitzer, 30, was riding in a Southeast Weld Fire Protection District fire truck that was navigating to an accident when the collision with the semi occurred.

Trooper Josh Lewis of Colorado State Patrol said Wednesday that the now-complete crash report states the fire truck was heading eastbound on Interstate 76 and slowing to make a right turn onto an access road at the time of the crash.

State patrol had previously reported that the fire truck was moving to turn around after receiving updated crash information from a dispatcher.

Lewis said the crash report states the semi failed to yield the right of way to the fire truck. The right front side of the fire truck ultimately hit the left front side and left side of the semi.

Both the driver of the semi and the driver of the fire truck received citations for careless driving causing injury, Lewis said.

District Administrative Assistant Irene Burke said the fire truck’s driver, 37-year-old Ryan Alexander, also sustained minor injuries but has since returned to duty as a firefighter.

Burke said the citation Alexander received did not prevent him from returning to duty.

Two other firefighters were also in the truck at the time of the crash but did not sustain injuries, Burke said.

The driver of the semi, 24-year-old James Goodale, was not injured.

Lewis said everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt and alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash.

Burke said the fire truck involved in the crash was rendered undriveable and has been “shipped off for repairs or replacement.”

However, she said the Southeast Weld Fire Protection District is now operating as normal with other department firefighters taking Schweitzer’s shifts.

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