EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - One person was killed after a semi-trailer and sedan collided head-on on Highway 115 Thursday. It happened just after 10:30 a.m.
According to State Patrol, the semi was headed north near Wild Horse Road when the driver of a Nissan Altima lost control and crossed the highway traveling south. The two vehicles hit, killing the driver in the sedan, who was not wearing his seatbelt. The Nissan's driver was identified Saturday as 28-year-old Daniel Canfield from El Paso, Texas.
Sixty gallons of fuel leaked out of the semi, so Hazmat was called to help with the leak. The driver of the semi was taken to the hospital as a precaution. He told 11 News Monday that he was treated for broken bones. State Patrol identified him as 44-year-old Benjamin Flanagan of Colorado Springs. Flanagan was wearing his seatbelt when the crash happened.
There were no other occupants in either vehicle.
The crash snarled traffic on Highway 115 for hours. Both southbound and northbound traffic were able to get through a single alternating lane. The road reopened just before 2 p.m.
The crash remains under investigation, but troopers say distracted driving may have been the cause.
"The biggest message here is, don't be distracted, pay attention to your lane and what's going on around you and pay attention to your speed," said trooper Bryce Schumann with Colorado State Patrol.