Two die in highway crash

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a fatal three-vehicle wreck about 7 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 6&50 near 20 1/2 Road. Two people inside the passenger car died. Trooper Jeff Lytle of the Colorado State Patrol said it appeaered they were not wearing seat belts.

Two people are dead after a crash shortly before 7 p.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 6&50 near 20 1/2 Road.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Jeff Lytle said it appears a Ford pickup was traveling west on the highway behind a passenger car when the truck slowed to try to avoid hitting the passenger car as it hit an eastbound semitrailer that was turning left into a driveway. The pickup collided with the passenger car, according to Lytle.

Two people in the passenger car died in the crash. The other vehicles received only minor damage, according to Lytle.

The identities of the two deceased people were not known as of 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Lytle said the passenger car’s license plate was from out-of-state. It appeared that the two who died were not wearing seat belts, he said. No information was released about the other two drivers.

A nurse who was one of the first people at the crash scene tried to help the people in the passenger car, but they were pronounced dead at the scene. An initial call for an ambulance for two people who were unconscious and not breathing was canceled shortly after the crash was reported, according to police dispatch reports.

Lytle said the Colorado State Patrol was still trying to determine exactly where the semitrailer was in the roadway when it was struck by the passenger car.

The crash temporarily closed traffic in both directions on U.S. Highway 6&50 Monday night.


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