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One Dead, Deputy Seriously Injured in a Wrong-Way Crash

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Police CruiserA needless tragedy occurred Wednesday night, when a wrong-way driving accident took one life, and landed a Jefferson County Sheriff in the hospital. Jeffrey Wolfe reports for 9 News that the accident happened near Eagle Cliff just before 8:30 p.m.

KDVR Fox 31‘s Web staff supplied the details:

Investigators with the Colorado state Patrol say a Subaru Outback traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 285 crashed head-on with a Jefferson County Sheriff’s patrol SUV.

The deputy suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to St. Anthony Central Hospital. The 33-year-old woman driving the Outback was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

No word from the official sources on possible contributing factors (i.e. alcohol, drugs, distracted driving, etc.). As always with accidents that involve wrong-way driving, the question is “why?” Investigators are pursuing not only this question but also how long the woman involved in an accident had been going the wrong way:

‘Regardless of why this happened, it’s a tragedy,’ says Colorado State Patrol spokesman John Hahn. ‘Somebody was killed, and another person who was just out doing their job was seriously injured.’

Hahn is correct: No matter what the cause turns out to be, a life has been ended by this needless collision. Another has been thrown into the chaos of medical care and hospital bills, sure to complicate things well beyond the actual physical injuries. As with so many motor vehicle accidents, the repercussions will last far beyond the time of the crash itself.

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