Drivers In Fatal Crash Identified

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The drivers involved in a fatal collision in Chaffee County have been identified.

State Patrol says 77-year-old Jose Valdez of Littleton was killed just after 12 p.m. Friday when he veered into the opposite land of travel and crashed into an oncoming Chevrolet Tracker. According to CSP, Valdez was attempting to right his vehicle after going off the road, and ended up on the wrong side of the highway after over-correcting. He was reportedly not wearing a seat belt.

The other driver, 52-year-old Rey Martinez of Las Vegas, N.M., suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to the hospital. State Patrol says he was wearing a seat belt.

Valdez and Martinez were the only occupants in their respective vehicles.

The crash happened on Highway 24 three miles east of Johnson Village. The crash remains under investigation; troopers are looking into whether drowsiness or medical conditions could have played a role.

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