AURORA, Colo. (KKTV) - Two law enforcement officers were seriously hurt after crashing head on while on the way to a call.
The state trooper and Arapahoe County deputy were both heading to a reported road rage incident late Saturday afternoon when they collided on a gravel road southeast of Denver International Airport. An Aurora Police Department spokesperson said both vehicles were traveling uphill at the time of the crash.
"They came to a crest on a hill. And, probably about the time they saw each other, they didn’t have time to react. That is when the collision occurred," Chris Amsler told sister station KCNC.
The trooper was trapped in his vehicle and had to be cut out. He was flown to the hospital while the deputy was taken by ambulance.
At last report, the trooper was in serious condition and the deputy's condition was listed as serious but stable.
Amsler told KCNC both drivers were traveling in the middle of the road and may share blame for the crash.
State Patrol identified the injured trooper as Cpl. Ivan Alvarado, a 10-year veteran of the force.
"Cpl. Alvarado is a well-respected member of our agency, and our mission is to support Ivan and his family in this difficult time," State Patrol said.
The deputy involved in the crash was identified as Dale Davis. No further information has been released about Davis.
The crash remains under investigation.