Drivers were backed up on Highway 50 for miles as authorities investigated what was believed to be a crash.
But 11 News has now learned that the accident that tied up traffic west of Canon City may have actually happened days earlier.
Late Thursday morning, a worker came across a crashed pickup truck at mile marker 272 on Highway 50. Two men were inside; one was already dead and the other had multiple injuries.
Both men were the subject of a missing persons report released by Fremont County shortly before the truck was discovered. The men had last been seen on October 11 in Canon City, and were believed to have possibly been heading to Cripple Creek in a green Ford F-250.
The truck that the worker discovered matched the description of that vehicle. Once authorities got on scene, they determined the occupants were the missing men.
The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says the truck may have crashed days before the worker stumbled upon it. Richard Koester, 36, was still alive, and airlifted to Penrose Hospital. His condition is unknown.
Ronald Lee Mohr, 59, died at the scene. It's unknown if he died at the time of the crash or in the days following.
Traffic was delayed for several hours during the investigation.