One dead in crash near Douglas Pass

Two vehicles collided in a head-on crash Monday near Douglas Pass, resulting in the death of one of the drivers, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The driver killed was the lone occupant of one vehicle, and the other vehicle had five occupants. The collision near milepost 23 shortly after noon closed Colorado Highway 139 for most of the afternoon on Labor Day.

It also sparked a brush fire next to the road, and the Bureau of Land Management and Lower Valley Fire Protection District assisted in putting out the fire.

State Patrol did not have any information on the condition of the other individuals involved in the crash.

Shortly before 2 p.m., the Colorado Department of Transportation posted on Twitter that the highway was closed between Loma and Colorado Highway 64.

Also about 2 p.m. Monday, Lower Valley Fire advised people to refrain from traveling north on Highway 139.

As of 5:30 p.m. Monday, the fire covered 3 to 5 acres, and the BLM took over night operations.

Junction man dies in motorcycle wreck

A motorcycle crash claimed the life of a 54-year-old man Sunday in the Bangs Canyon Area.

The victim was Douglas Dirk Anderson of Grand Junction, and the crash occurred in the early morning near Tabeguache Trail.

The Mesa County Coroner's Office completed its examination Monday and determined the cause of death was multiple blunt-force injuries and the manner of death was an accident.

Anderson was wearing full protective gear including a helmet at the time of the accident. The toxicology report is pending.

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