One dead, two injured in separate traffic accidents

A motorcyclist was killed and a second motorcyclist and a bicyclist were seriously injured Sunday in two separate accidents in remote areas of the Western Slope, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Troopers were dispatched to the first accident at 1:54 p.m. on Colorado Highway 133 at mile marker 35, northeast of Paonia near the Delta County-Gunnison County line, Trooper Heather Cobler said.

Two motorcyclists were riding north on the highway and entered a right-hand curve when the motorcyclist in front lost control, overturned and struck a guardrail. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, Cobler said.

The second motorcyclist tried to avoid a collision with the first one, overturned and was ejected over the guardrail. The second motorcyclist was flown by CareFlight helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital, Cobler said. That person’s injuries and condition were unknown.

The second accident happened around 2 p.m. on Colorado Highway 141 at mile marker 124, near Divide Road about 30 miles south of the U.S. Highway 50 intersection.

Cobler said a 2003 Dodge pickup was behind a bicyclist heading north on the highway and tried to move into the oncoming lane of traffic to pass the bicyclist. The driver hit the bicyclist after being forced back into the northbound lane by oncoming traffic, Cobler said.

She said the bicyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was about riding about 3 feet from the edge of the road. She said there is no bike lane on the highway.

The bicyclist was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries. The pickup driver wasn’t injured, Cobler said.

The identities of the people involved in the two accidents weren’t released.


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