Ambulance Involved In Fatal Highway 50 Crash

A fatal crash on Highway 50 near Avondale involved an ambulance from Rocky Ford and two other vehicles.

Colorado State Patrol says a white 2009 Dodge Dakota, driven by a 23-year-old Xcel Energy employee from Pueblo West, was
preparing to make a left hand turn from Highway 50 westbound onto 51 Lane. The truck was struck in the rear by a Southern Colorado Rural Emergency Services ambulance, driven by a 26 year-old man from Fowler, Colo., that was also traveling westbound.

After the collision, the ambulance driver lost control of the vehicle. The ambulance traveled off the north side of the road, down the shoulder and rolled.

The Dodge was pushed into the eastbound lane of travel
where it was struck by a white 2009 Mercury Mountaineer that was traveling eastbound. The impact caused the driver of the Mercury, a 40 year-old woman from Manzanola, Colo., to lose control of her vehicle. The Mountaineer rolled.

Troopers say the 84 year-old male patient transported by the ambulance was taken to Penrose Main in Colorado Springs, where he was pronounced dead at 1:16 p.m.

The driver of the ambulance and the one other crew member were transported to St. Mary’s Corwin in Pueblo, where they were treated for serious injuries. The two occupants in the Mountaineer were both
transported to Parkview in Pueblo for moderate injuries to the driver and minor injuries to the passenger.

The driver of the Dodge sustained minor injuries. He was treated at the scene of the crash.

Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the accident.