Two people seriously injured in six-vehicle crash July 14


CONEJOS COUNTY — Six vehicles were involved in a crash that sent three people to nearby hospitals with serious to moderate injuries Wednesday, July 14, on Highway 285, the Colorado State Patrol reported. 

Five vehicles were headed northbound on Colorado Highway 285 near milepost 24 at approximately 7:44 a.m. on July 14. A tractor-trailer was southbound on the highway. 

Headed northbound on Highway 285 were a 2000 Ford Ranger drove by Darrin Sisneros, 18, of Alamosa; a 2004 Ford Mustang drove by Licha Lopez, of Manassa; a 2014 red Chevy Cruze drove by Michelle Crowther, 26, of Sanford; a 2012 blue Chevy Cruze drove by Danallansy Gonzalez, of Sanford; and a 2016 GMC Terrain drove by Steven Garcia, 30, of Romeo, was traveling northbound on Colorado 285. 

A 2016 Peterbilt tractor-trailer drove by Matthew Gabaldon, 37, of Albuquerque, N.M., was traveling southbound on Colorado 285.  

The Ford Ranger collided with the rear-end of the Ford Mustang. The Ford Ranger traveled into the southbound lane and collided with the front end of the Peterbilt.  

The Ford Ranger rotated counterclockwise and struck the trailer of the Peterbilt. The Ford Ranger then traveled into the northbound shoulder and collided with the red Chevy Cruze. 

The blue Chevy Cruze and the GMC Terrain were struck with debris from the collisions. 

The driver and passenger in the Ford Ranger were ejected from the vehicle during rotation.  

The driver of the Ford Ranger sustained serious bodily injury and was transported to San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center (SLVRMC) Alamosa, by ambulance. The passenger of the Ford Ranger sustained serious bodily injury and was transported to SLVRMC La Jara, by ambulance. The driver of the red Chevy Cruze sustained moderate injuries and was transported to SLVRMC Alamosa, by ambulance.  

No seatbelts were used in the Ford Ranger, but they were used by all other vehicles. Drugs and alcohol are not contributing factors in the crash. 

CSP did not provide a reason for the crash. The crash is still under investigation. 

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