MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The person killed in a utility vehicle crash near the base of Pikes Peak last week was part of a team rebuilding the Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
Transportation contracting company Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. confirmed with 11 News Monday the deceased was one of its employees.
The crash was reported just before 6 p.m. July 19 in an area near the Barr Trail. According to Trooper Gary Cutler with Colorado State Patrol, five people in a UTV were driving downhill when the vehicle "kicked out of gear," lost its brakes, and flipped over. One person died at the scene and a second had to be airlifted out. The other three in the vehicle had moderate injuries and were able to walk out on their own.
The four survivors were also Stacy and Witbeck employees.
"The employees were traveling together in a utility vehicle when the incident happened during the end of shift commute back to the main staging area," the company wrote in a statement obtained by 11 News.
The deceased has been identified as 52-year-old William Waring of Colorado Springs.
A full statement from Stacy and Witbeck is below:
"Stacy and Witbeck is mourning the death of one of its employees who was involved in an incident on Friday, July 19th near the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway Replacement Project. Four additional employees also sustained injuries from this incident but are stable and recovering now. The employees were traveling together in a Utility Vehicle (UTV) when the incident happened during the end of shift commute back to the main staging area. Stacy and Witbeck will undertake an investigation to determine the cause of the incident. The company will cooperate with authorities in determining the facts.
Right now, the company’s focus is on supporting the family of the individual involved. We are also providing support to our injured employees. Stacy and Witbeck places the highest value on safety. We will do everything possible to determine what happened so that we can prevent something like this from ever happening again."