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Douglass Pass Crash Results in Fatality

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HeadstoneLast Thursday, Highway 139 was the site of a fatal car crash near the mile marker 34. Traffic was closed going both ways for several hours due to the efforts of the search and rescue team. Tim Ciesco, a reporter for NBC 11 News, brings us a condensed account of the auto accident:

Colorado State Patrol says the van was going southbound on Highway 139 and came to an area where the road curves to the right. While driving the curve, the van started to go off the right side of the road. As the female driver tried to get back on the road, Troopers say she over-corrected, sending the car off the left side of the road, through a guardrail, and down a steep embankment. They say the vehicle rolled several times before coming to a stop approximately 400 feet below the road.

The driver, a 78-year-old woman from Belen, NM, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger was more fortunate though, as Mike Wiggins reports for The Daily Sentinel:

A front-seat passenger, an 86-year-old man from Belen, N.M., was taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

Troopers said the passenger was wearing a seat belt, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the driver was restrained.

Rescue personnel were able to lift the surviving male passenger from the wreck using ropes. According to NBC 11 News, there were several passersby who had stopped to see what was happening, some of whom helped pull the ropes lifting the survivor.

The Mesa County search and rescue team and a Mesa County Coroner were asked to assist due to their close proximity to the accident. At this time, there is no suspicion of alcohol or drugs being contributing factors in the accident.

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