PARK COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The Colorado State Patrol is reporting alcohol, excessive speed and illegal passing are all factors suspected in a serious Park County crash.
The crash happened on Tuesday at about 10:45 in the morning along Highway 285 about 16 miles south of Fairplay. Investigators are reporting a 2018 Mazda being driven by 24-year-old Tierney Kennedy was traveling southbound on 285. A semi was traveling northbound being driven by 55-year-old Jeffery Westendorf of Thornton.
The Mazda was reportedly passing in a no-passing zone while taking a curve at a high rate of speed, according to Colorado State Patrol.
"The Mazda 6 partially traveled off the left side of the roadway and began to rotate clockwise," Sgt. Scott Hophan with Colorado State Patrol wrote in describing the crash. "The Freightliner semi skidded and attempted to pull to the left. The Mazda 6 rotated a quarter turn clockwise and collided its front with the right side of the Freightliner semi. The Mazda 6 continued to rotate clockwise and traveled off the left side of the roadway. The Mazda 6 rolled over one and a half times and landed on a barbed wire fence. The Mazda 6 came to rest on its top facing south. The Freightliner semi traveled off the right side of the roadway and collided its undercarriage with a large rock. The Freightliner semi came to rest on its wheels facing east."
The driver of the Mazda, Tierney Kennedy, was wearing a seatbelt and had minor injuries. A passenger of hers did not have his seatbelt on and had serious injuries. The semi driver was not injured.
The crash remains under investigation, although alcohol and speed may have played a role in the crash according to investigators.