Deadly crash closes down Highway 83 north of Colorado Springs
EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A deadly crash closed down both directions of Highway 83 north of Colorado Springs on Monday.
The crash was reported about 2:40 p.m. in the area of Highway 83 and Stagecoach Road. According to Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol, the crash involved three vehicles. A medical helicopter landed at about 3:18 p.m. for one of the drivers and transported that person to the hospital. 11 News learned from Colorado State Patrol that a 79-year-old woman died in the crash.
The highway was back open in both directions at about 4:30 p.m.
According to Trooper Lewis, the 79-year-old woman was driving a Toyota northbound on 83 when she veered into oncoming traffic, hitting a Jeep. The Jeep then hit a third vehicle. The driver of the Jeep was a 52-year-old woman who was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the third vehicle was not seriously injured.
The exact cause of the crash is under investigation. Investigators say drugs, alcohol and speed are not being looked at as possible factors in the crash.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this article stated weather may have played a role in the helicopter not taking off for a period of time. A representative with UCHealth confirms weather did not play a role in the time it took to take off and a patient was flown to the hospital.
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