Close call with cyclists a reminder to drivers

The driver of the huge dump truck pulling a trailer on County Road 250 around 9 a.m. June 10 came so close to killing me that I am still shaking at the memory.

I know all the Ride the Rockies cyclists riding two and three abreast made the driver angry. Living on East Animas Road (County Road 250), I get impatient with them, too. But to pass them on a curve with limited line of sight on a double yellow line while driving such a huge rig was beyond irresponsible. With a steep drop-off and guardrail to my right and this truck suddenly completely in my lane, I had nowhere to go.

I slammed on my brakes and could only sit there and hope the truck could make it back into its lane in time – and it was barely in time, wasn’t it? I have had a lot of close calls on East Animas Road because of the anger between bicyclists and drivers, and I am begging all of you: Realize that East Animas Road is carrying a lot more of both of you than it was built for. It is just a matter of time before there is a terrible accident and a loved one will be dead.

Marsha Schuetz

Durango