Gravel truck driver spills tons of rocks on I-25

One injured, cars damaged

POSTED: 01:58 PM MDT Oct 04, 2012    UPDATED: 10:28 PM MDT Oct 04, 2012 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Rocks and gravel covered part of Interstate 25 Thursday afternoon after a gravel truck spilled it's load by the Cimarron exit 141.

Police said one person was taken to the hospital after being injured and at least seven cars were damaged by bouncing rocks.

Part of the interstate remained closed until about 3:15 p.m., two hours after the spill.

The gravel truck driver, with Pioneer Sand Company, was cited for a spilled load violation and may face more charges. Authorities said several tons of gravel were spilled.

KRDO Newschannel 13 talked to an insurance agent about what drivers should do if their cars were damaged.

"Typically, if it's falling objects such as that, that's going to be covered under their comprehensive coverage," said Jim Whitlock, an agent with American Family Insurance. "There shouldn't be many questions about proof of did it happen, when did it happen and where did it happen."

Whitlock said, if a driver does not have comprehensive coverage, the person will likely be responsible for repairs unless there is proof of negligence on the part of the gravel truck driver. He said a driver shouldn't need a police report to file an insurance claim.

See photos of the rocks and damage here.