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Fatal 4-Car Accident Causes Grass Fire

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mail truckA semi carrying mail was involved in a four-vehicle crash just south of the El Paso County border Wednesday night. The car accident cost the semi driver his life, and started a brush fire that shut down I-25 northbound for nearly three hours.

Jakob Rodgers, a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette, brings us details of the accident:

The crash happened after a dual-axle flatbed trailer came loose from a southbound Chevrolet Silverado pickup and careened through the median of the interstate before hitting the mail truck, troopers said.

The mail truck came to a rest in the median. The Silverado continued south to the nearest exit before returning to the scene, troopers said.

[William] Grissom [the driver of the semi] was pronounced dead at the crash scene. He was wearing his seatbelt.

Two other vehicles were struck by debris from the collision but no one in either car was injured. In addition, firefighters were called to the scene to put out a brush fire caused by the crash, which extended close to 150 yards along the highway. It took until close to 11pm before one lane northbound of I-25 was reopened to traffic.

The Colorado Connection‘s Kimberly Price reports that while the investigation is ongoing, alcohol drugs, and excessive speed are not currently suspected as factors in the accident. Investigating authorities will confer with the Pueblo District Attorney to determine if charges are warranted.

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