1 killed in head-on crash on Highway 24 east of Colorado Springs

Published: Feb. 27, 2022 at 8:53 AM MST|Updated: Feb. 27, 2022 at 12:03 PM MST
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Fatigue may have been a factor in a deadly collision east of Colorado Springs, State Patrol said Sunday.

A pickup and car crashed head-on between Falcon and Peyton on Highway 24.

“Around 7:30ish [Sunday morning] we got a call about a head-on collision here on Highway 24 near mile post 326 just east of Elbert Road,” said Sgt. Rick Hoffman with Colorado State Patrol.

There was one person in each vehicle, both seriously injured. The man driving the pickup was transported to a hospital Colorado Springs via ambulance, while a medical helicopter was called for the other driver. The other driver died at the scene before they could be airlifted from the scene.

“They [Lifeline] weren’t needed. The driver ended up dying from their injuries,” Hoffman said.

Troopers have identified the pickup driver as a 45-year-old from Colorado Springs. No information was available on the deceased driver.

State Patrol has not said exactly what led up to the crash or which driver was suffering from fatigue. It’s also not clear if that driver fell asleep behind the wheel, but Hoffman did tell 11 News if drowsiness sets in, to pull over.

“If you’re driving and you were feeling tired and you were feeling not with it just pull over take some time wake up and make sure you’re wearing your seat belt. Just be safe everybody.”

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