Douglas Pass crash kills 3 Junction men

Alcohol is a suspected factor in a crash that killed three Grand Junction men early Thursday on Douglas Pass, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Troopers were called about 6 a.m. by a passer-by who came across a green Ford F350 pickup off the road at mile post 45 on Colorado Highway 139 in Rio Blanco County, Trooper Heather Cobler said.

Investigators believe the crash could have happened as early as 12:15 a.m., Cobler said.

A reconstruction showed the truck was headed south on Highway 139 when it went off the right side while taking a left curve, she said.

The truck over-corrected and rolled at least twice before coming to a stop off the right side of the road.

All of those inside were thrown from the pickup, and none was wearing a seat belt, Cobler said.

Names had not been released by the State Patrol as of 5 p.m. because next of kin for the three men had not all been notified, according to Cobler.


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