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Help With Vehicle Breakdown

Mary Ann Goscha of Littleton called the CDOT Office of Communications on Nov. 18 to report that earlier in the afternoon she and her husband were assisted by a CDOT employee when their pickup truck first blew a tire, then a wheel bearing, on southbound Santa Fe near Rio Grande in the southwest part of the Denver metro area.

"We were in the left turn lane when the trouble developed," Goscha reported.  "I figured we were going to get rear-ended while my husband was out on the ground trying to figure out what to do about the truck.  That's when your employee pulled up behind us with his big truck and protected us from traffic."

Goscha, who is very familiar with Santa Fe Avenue, called it "a bad place to be stranded.  We had a lady make an obscene gesture at us, and another lady who was northbound stop her vehicle and come over to ask directions, of all things.  I was hoping she was going to help us.  You never know what you're going to see out there."

The result of it all?  "Our truck got towed and we made it home alive," Goscha said with a chuckle that was only partly humorous.  "Your employee went way above and beyond the call of duty to help us.

The Goschas were assisted by Thomas Siemek, who works for CDOT Patrol 7 at Denver, Denver Maintenance Section 5, Region 1.