A crash on Highway 160 near Walsenburg on New Year’s Eve has left one man dead and another injured according to information Colorado State Patrol (CSP) recently released.
CSP reported that the accident happened at 5:25 p.m., occurring about half-a-mile west of Walsenburg.
Investigators said a 2013 Ford F-150, traveling west on Highway 160, crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a 2015 Peterbilt semi-truck pulling a box trailer.
According to CSP, the driver of the Ford was immediately ejected and died.
CSP also reported that the driver of the semi was injured and transported to Spanish Peaks Medical Center with serious injuries.
CSP said both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.
Deputies have not released the identification of the Ford driver, pending notification of next-of-kin.
They did identify the driver of the semi, Jeffrey Mikel of Aztec, New Mexico.
Highway 160 was shut down near mile marker 303 in both directions while investigators worked on the scene.
CSP confirmed a hazmat crew also responded to the scene, with more than 50 gallons of fuel spilled from the semi onto the road.
Investigators believe excessive speed and improper passing played a factor in the crash.
Drugs and alcohol, however, are not suspected as contributing factors at this time but CSP added that the crash is still under investigation.
This accident follows another fatal Highway 160 collision that happened earlier in Dec. when a Dodge pickup collided head on with a Chevy Hatchback putting the two wrecks within a month of each other.