Deadly head-on crash on Highway 24 under investigation in El Paso County
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - One person was killed when a pickup truck reportedly crossed into the wrong lane and collided with an oncoming SUV.
According to State Patrol, the driver of a GMC Sierra was headed eastbound on Highway 24 early Tuesday evening when he veered into a westbound lane and hit a Ford Explorer head-on. The passenger’s side door on the Ford was ripped off in the impact and the driver was thrown from the vehicle. He was killed, while his three passengers were hurt and had to be transported to the hospital. Troopers say all were wearing their seat belts.
The driver of the pickup was seriously hurt and also transported to the hospital. It’s unknown if he had on a seat belt. He was identified by troopers as Keith Noel of Calhan.
The crash was reported just after 5 p.m. between Garrett Road and Constitution Avenue and shut down the highway for the rest of rush hour. Eastbound lanes were reopened around 7 p.m. and the westbound side reopened just after 8:30 p.m.
The driver who died was identified by State Patrol as Patrick Andre of Manchester, Missouri.
Drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the crash, which remains under investigation. State Patrol is asking for any witnesses to the collision to call Trooper Thomas DeAntonio at 719-544-2424.
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