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Fatal Crash in Estes Park

Estes Park firefighters and Estes Park ambulance crew load patient from Mondays accident into a helicopter called to the scene. Courtesy photo

Estes Park firefighters and Estes Park ambulance crew load patient from Mondays accident into a helicopter called to the scene. Courtesy photo

Report from Colorado State Police:

One person was killed in a three-vehicle crash involving a minivan on U.S. Highway 36 in Estes Park on Monday, September 1.

The accident happened at apprximately 9:38 a.m. roughly 5 miles east of Estes Park.
U.S. 36 was closed for several hours as authorities investigated the accident and cleared the wreckage.

Colorado State Patrol Troopers responded to a fatal traffic crash on Highway 36 at milepost 6 approximately six miles from the town of Estes Park.  A 1995 white Ford semi truck, driven by David Collins age 52 of Morrison, CO was eastbound on Highway 36.  A 2001 maroon Dodge Caravan driven by Gerardo Rodriguez age 34 of Estes Park, CO was westbound on Highway 36 and a 2002 gold Kia driven by Komlyeva Vitaliva age 37 of Thornton, CO was also westbound on Highway 36.

The Ford semi truck crossed over into the westbound lanes colliding with the Dodge Caravan which collided with the gold Kia.  The driver of the Dodge Caravan was pronounced dead on scene, the driver of the semi was transported to Medical Center of the Rockies with minor injuries.  A passenger in the semi, Marie Collins age 52 of Morrison, CO was transported to Medical Center of the Rockies with serious injuries.

The driver of the Kia was not injured.  David Collins was charged with careless driving causing death and careless driving causing serious bodily injury.

Alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash.

Report from EPVFD:

At 9:42 a.m. on September 1st the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a semi-trailer versus car accident on Highway 36. Arriving units found three vehicles involved, with the truck blocking most of the road. In addition, a large amount of diesel fuel had leaked across both lanes of Highway 36. Because of this, the road was closed down due to significant safety concerns for emergency workers, patients, and the public. The road remained closed until rescue, investigation, and cleanup operations were completed, and the road was safe for traffic to resume.

Two patients were flown from the scene, one was fatally injured, and four were uninjured. Firefighters extricated the deceased individual from the vehicle after the coroner arrived. The Fire Department then cleaned up a large amount of diesel fuel that had leaked from the truck.

The management of the scene required the cooperation of the Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department, Estes Park Ambulance Service, Colorado State Highway Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation, the Estes Park Police Department, Larimer County Sheriff’s Department, Pinewood Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. Units from Longmont assisted with traffic control on Highway 36 in Lyons.

The Fire Department extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.

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