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Colorado State Patrol Urges Caution on Mountain Roads Following Fatal Motorcycle Accident

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into the mountainsColorado State Patrol (CSP) is concerned in the wake of a series of Colorado accidents that occurred in a single afternoon. They are warning drivers to take extra care when driving on mountain roads. CSP says that this time of year is always busy, but this year even more people are driving because of the excellent weather.

Lori Obert, a writer for 9News Denver, reports on two of the accidents – both of which involved motorcyclists, one of them fatal:

Officers say the motorcycle rider was going southbound on Highway 285, crossed into the northbound lanes and was hit by an oncoming pickup truck that was pulling a trailer. The motorcycle rider died at the scene. No one in the pickup truck was injured.

Obert continues to report on the other motorcycle accident earlier that day:

Officers say a separate accident happened earlier in the day on Kenosha Pass. A motorcyclist pulled in front of a pickup truck. The driver and passenger on the motorcycle had to be air lifted from the scene.

The day was worse than that. While I was looking for corroborative reports, I saw the headline for a piece about two accidents. While the first of the accidents reported by KKTV was covered in the 9News story (the Kenosha Pass accident), the other was something new, adding to the quotient of tragedy for the day:

A two-vehicle wreck on the Southeast side of Salida shut down Highway 50 in both directions for five hours. State Patrol says the accident involved a semi-truck and a Mazda sedan. It happened just after 3:00 on Sunday afternoon. The driver of the Mazda, 57-year-old William Baker of Cotopaxi, was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Colorado State Patrol says the driver of the semi-truck was not injured.

Due to the semi’s cargo, the aftermath of the crash involved a complicated clean up effort:

The side fuel tank of the semi-truck was ripped open in the crash, and State Patrol says an an unknown amount of diesel fuel spilled across the entire width of the Highway 50, which required a HAZMAT response and clean-up. Officials say no diesel fuel entered the Arkansas River.

As you hit the road, on two wheels or four, please be careful and aware of other vehicles around you. The weather is perfect for riding or driving, but stay cautious, especially on mountain roads, as Colorado State Patrol warns.

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