It seems like I’m writing about car accidents on I-25 in Colorado quite a lot lately. Over the last month or so, there has been a teen involved in a rollover car accident, a Sunday marked by multiple auto accidents, including a five-car pile up, and one more recently in which the passenger of a Honda Accord lost her life.

Unfortunately, today we have some more tragic news from I-25. 9News describes the fatal car accident:

The Colorado State Patrol says the head-on collision happened at mile-marker 246 just north of Mead at 9:37 a.m. when a Kia Spectra and a Geo Metro were heading northbound on I-25.

The investigation is in the early stages, but authorities say it appears the two vehicles side-swiped each other, sending the Kia across the center median and into southbound traffic where it hit a Chevy Cobalt head on.

Three vehicles, three hospitalizations, and one fatality. The three accident survivors all had severe personal injuries. John Fryer of the Longmont Times-Call reports on the state of those involved in the crash:

Jane Smith, 58, of Boone, N.C., a passenger in one of the vehicles, was airlifted to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, where she was pronounced dead a short time later, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The driver of that vehicle — Barry Smith, 58, also of Boone, N.C. — was also transported to the Medical Center of the Rockies with injuries. He was listed in serious condition at the hospital Monday night

[…] Mountain View Fire Protection District spokesman Jesse Hodgson said both Barry and Jane Smith had life-threatening conditions.

Jordan Trujillo of Longmont, the 20-year-old driver of the Kia, and Jennifer Daigle of Longmont, his 20-year-old passenger, were taken by ambulances to Longmont United Hospital.

According to reports, police say that alcohol does not seem to have been a factor in the crash. The strip of I-25 North of the  Mead exit was closed for several hours while police investigated.

Let’s hope that Barry Smith manages to survive his life threatening injuries; one fatality is already too many. Exert a little extra care when going down I-25. Don’t become a statistic.

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