BAILEY - An early morning crash involving a semi has destroyed a winery in Bailey.
According to the Park County Sheriff’s Office, it happened at Aspen Peak Cellar just after midnight.
“It could have been very hazardous had it not been at the time it was,” Sheriff Fred Wegener said.
The driver of a semi lost control and crashed while heading southbound on Highway 285. The building is a complete loss.
The crash broke water pipes and a gas line in the area. No one was inside the building at the time.
The driver of the semi was taken by ambulance to a Denver hospital. According to the sheriff’s department, he only suffered minor to moderate injuries.
“He is alive and for a crash like this, it’s quite an impact,” Sheriff Wegener said.
According to the owner Marcel Flukiger, an estimated 25,000 bottles of wine were inside the building. He believes only a small fraction of those can be saved
“There's maybe, just guessing 50 cases that can be saved,” Flukiger said.“We just tried to make a living with a dream of a business and it is fantastic but it can also end like this.”
It’s unclear what caused the driver to veer off the road. Wegener says similar accidents have occurred in that location over the years.
As for Flukiger, it’s unclear what he'll be able to save or even if he'll be able to rebuild, though he says he's optimistic.
“I think we can put it all together again if we wanted to,” Flukiger said.
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