Man killed, woman hurt in rollover

Colorado State Patrol troopers investigate a fatal accident on U.S. Highway 50 west of Whitewater early Thursday morning. One man died and a woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The accident closed both westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of the highway.



A Montrose man was killed early Thursday morning in a single-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. Highway 50 near Whitewater, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.

Larry Linn, 36, died of blunt-force injuries to the head. The coroner ruled his death an accident.

A 26-year-old Delta woman, the driver of the 1989 Oldsmobile 88, sustained serious, but non life-threatening injuries in the crash.

She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The accident happened just after 3 a.m. on westbound U.S. Highway 50 near mile marker 42.

Troopers say the vehicle traveled off the left side of the highway into the median. The driver tried to re-enter the roadway and rolled two times back into the westbound lanes of the highway. Linn died at the scene.

Both people were wearing seat belts.

The State Patrol said a preliminary investigation shows alcohol and/or marijuana may be a factor in the crash. Speed isn’t believed to be a factor.

The crash remains under investigation, and criminal charges are possible.


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