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Bill Alsup dies in backcountry crane accident
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Posted on August 10 2016, 8:42am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Tuesday afternoon tragedy stuns Silverton community.

Bill Alsup, a former Indy race car driver and long-time Silverton resident, died in an accident while operating his crane at a remote backcountry building site on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 9. He was 78.

“It’s super sad,” said Sheriff Bruce Conrad. “What a good guy. There will be a community in mourning.”

Conrad said that the accident, reported at about 1:30 p.m., happened as Alsup, driving his crane, was leaving a worksite at a remote cabin about a half mile up the Deer Park Road on the back side of Kendall Mountain.

“He was heading out of the job site and accelerated too quickly and went up the hillside,” Conrad said. The crane rolled and pinned him beneath it.

Conrad said Alsup was killed instantly.

News of the accident stunned the Silverton community, with the Silverton San Juan Fire Department’s flag at half-staff for their fellow firefighter.

Bill Alsup was born in Honolulu on July 15, 1938. As a race-car driver he competed in the 1981 Indianapolis 500, finishing 11th.

In Silverton he could commonly be seen grooming Kendall Mountain Ski Area or snowmobile and cross-country ski trails in the winter. And in the summer he operated the only crane in the caldera.

His extensive involvement with the community led him to be named Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce dinner in 2002.

He was a member of the San Juan County Historical Society Board and did a lot of volunteer work for the organization.

He was an enthusiastic member of the Silverton San Juan Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed driving the department’s 1929 engine.

He was an active participant in countless community events, including Hardrockers Holidays. And he was a photographer, too, having several photos published in the Silverton Standard.





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