Fatal accident near Cripple Creek

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Colorado 67 near milepost 57, approximately four miles north of Cripple Creek. The crash resulted in one fatality.
A 1989 Ford F150 was traveling south on Colorado 67 when the driver lost control of his vehicle on the icy, snowpacked roadway in a curve to the right. The Ford began rotating clockwise as it traveled into the northbound lane that was occupied by a Colorado Department of Transportation snowplow in the process of snow removal. The Ford’s left side collided with the snow plow’s blade.
Prior to the collision, the snowplow had been driven onto the northbound shoulder in an attempt to avoid the Ford.
The Ford’s driver, a 23-year-old male from Divide, Colorado, was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld until his next-of-kin have been notified.  The driver of the plow, 40-year-old Timothy Kirtley of Florissant, was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.
 
At this time, alcohol and/or drug use is not considered to be a contributing factor in the crash. Investigators suspect the Ford’s driver was traveling at an unsafe speed for the road conditions.

Accident Closes all Lanes of Eastbound I-70, Full Detour in PlaceAn overturned commercial vehicle has caught fire on eastbound I-70 east of Idaho Springs, closing all lanes of eastbound I-70. A full detour is in place, directing traffic to Highway 103 to Evergreen. Crews are on scene working to clear the accident and re-open the lanes as quickly as possible. One lane of eastbound I-70 will re-open by 11:30 a.m. No injuries have been reported and the fire has been contained. Motorists can expect delays in this area and we ask that those traveling the corridor use caution and allow for extra time until the scene has been completely cleared.

An overturned commercial vehicle has caught fire on eastbound I-70 east of Idaho Springs, closing all lanes of eastbound I-70. A full detour is in place, directing traffic to Highway 103 to Evergreen. Crews are on scene working to clear the accident and re-open the lanes as quickly as possible. One lane of eastbound I-70 will re-open by 11:30 a.m.

 

No injuries have been reported and the fire has been contained. Motorists can expect delays in this area and we ask that those traveling the corridor use caution and allow for extra time until the scene has been completely cleared.

Colorado Highway Six accident involves state trooper

At approximately 3:34 this afternoon a Colorado State Trooper was injured while investigating a crash on Colorado Highway 6 near mile marker 269 in Gilpin County.

 

The Colorado State Patrol Trooper had just completed the investigation of a crash involving a vehicle that traveled off the roadway and down an embankment. The Trooper parked his 2013 Ford Explorer patrol vehicle in the eastbound traffic lane to stop the eastbound traffic as a tow truck began to recover the earlier crashed vehicle.  After eastbound traffic stopped,  a 1993 Ford Explorer traveling eastbound attempted to avoid a collision with an already stopped vehicle traveled onto the shoulder began to lose control.  The Ford Explorer struck the left rear of the patrol vehicle with its passenger side causing the patrol vehicle to travel forward striking the Trooper as he exited the vehicle.  The Trooper was struck with the door frame of the patrol vehicle.

 

The male trooper was transported to St. Anthony with moderate injuries and has since been released.

 

The driver of the 1993 Ford Explorer, David Kaai DOB 4/5/52 of Westminster, was uninjured in the crash.  Kaai was charged with Carless Driving Causing Injury and Defective/ Unsafe Vehicle.