Several cars were stopped in traffic in a construction zone. State patrol says a semi truck didn't stop and ran into the last vehicle in line. The tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the road and hit a construction flag man. The semi then rolled onto its top, spilling its load of 40-foot poles onto the highway.
The flag man is identified as 20-year-old Jeffery Mosher from Coal Creek. He died at the scene.
The driver of the semi is identified as 57-year-old Robert White of Temple, Texas. He also died at the scene. Troopers say he was not wearing his seat belt.
The initial rear-end collision induced a chain reaction of rear-end crashes among the vehicles in line.
Two people who were in the rear vehicle were flown to St. Anthony’s hospital in Denver with serious injuries. One of them is identified as Linda Niemeyer, 63, of Westcliffe. The name of the other person has not been released.
Another driver from the crash, Joyce Brittingham, 55, of Westcliffe was taken by ambulance to Parkview Hospital in Pueblo with "moderate" injuries.
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