CSP investigates two serious crashes on Feb. 24 in Valley


VALLEY — Colorado State Patrol responded to two serious crashes in the San Luis Valley on Feb. 24.

The first crash at 8:26 a.m. involved a 2001 Ford Expedition driven by a 79-year-old female from Del Norte that was eastbound on Colorado Highway 160 near Rio Grande County 5E. The driver lost control on the icy roadway and started rotating clockwise off the right side of the roadway.

The vehicle struck some railroad ties and rolled one-quarter time coming to rest on its left side off the roadway.

The driver was transported to the San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center in Alamosa with serious injuries and was later transferred to a hospital outside of the Valley.

The second crash happened around 10:26 a.m. at the intersection of Alamosa County Road 10S and County Road 6E. A 2005 Ford Mustang driven by a 43-year-old male from Lakewood was southbound on County Road 6E when the driver failed to stop at the stop sign. A 2014 Chevrolet pickup driven by a 25-year-old male from Dallas, Texas, was eastbound on Colorado 370.

The pickup struck the Mustang on the right rear with its front. The Mustang rotated clockwise and traveled off the southeast side of the intersection where it came to rest facing east. The pickup rotated clockwise and traveled off the right side of Colorado 370 where it came to rest east of the intersection in the barrow ditch facing North.

The driver of the Mustang was transported to San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center for his injuries. The driver and passenger in the pickup went to the hospital by personal vehicle to be checked out due to a complaint of injury. All parties involved were wearing seatbelts.