Fatalities Shut Down Highways 34 and 36
U.S. 34 and U.S. 36 were deadly places to be last week. Each highway was the site of a fatal accident last Thursday, one of them when a vehicle struck a pedestrian and the other a motorcycle fatality. In both collisions, the people in the cars had made it, while those less protected by the metal frame on an auto would not be returning home.
On U.S. 36, KDVR reports a pedestrian fatality:
According to the Colorado State Patrol, one person was struck and killed along the eastbound lane of U.S. 36 at McCaslin Blvd. shortly after 7 p.m.
The victim was apparently walking along the highway and either walked or stumbled into traffic before being struck by a car.
Meanwhile, on U.S. 34, that same afternoon, there was more loss of life when a motorcycle got the worst of things during a collision with another vehicle. Here’s a synopsis via The Greely Tribune:
The Colorado State Patrol said a 57-year-old Kersey man died after he was taken by ambulance to North Colorado Medical Center. He was riding a motorcycle which collided with a Cadillac at U.S. 34 and Weld County Road 45, according to Trooper Nate Reid with the CSP.
The Cadillac’s 83-year-old driver is reported by officials as having received minor injuries. Both highways were closed for a significant portion of the evening Thursday.
This is exactly why motorists, no matter whether they are on four wheels or two, need to keep their attention focused on the road ahead. Injury, and the resulting mountain of hospital bills, while likely, are a far lesser ill than to lose one’s life or be responsible for another losing theirs.